February 11th, 2009
04:42 PM ET
14 years ago

Holdup in stimulus talks means no deal just yet

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/11/art.pelosi3.gi.jpg caption="Pelosi and Reid are discussing the stimulus compromise."]WASHINGTON (CNN) -Despite talk of a deal, the stimulus saga isn't over - a deal has not been reached. CNN can confirm that Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid is in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office at this hour, trying to persuade her to agree.

Senate Democratic leadership aides say the holdup concerns the addition of $10 billion for school construction/modernization. In the Senate version, $10 billion was added to the $44 billion allocated toward 'state stabilization' to help school infrastructure.

But aides say House members would rather this $10 billion in funding go through Title I, which would assign the funds based on need, as opposed to giving the money to governors through the state stabilization vehicle.

Nadeam Elshami, a spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, says that a meeting is currently underway in the Speaker's office with House Democratic leadership, Senate representatives and White House representatives.

"We're moving very rapidly to making an announcement on a deal," said Elshami.

Filed under: Congress • stimulus plan
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Terry, TX

    Vote No ..... this Pelosi Pork Package is a joke ... I prefer my representatives to actually read a bill before a vote taken. Now our tax evader secretary announces nothing regarding the banks.
    Enough already.
    Everyone email the Congress, Senate and the White House... the sky is not falling,,,, .

    February 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  2. LIP

    Nancy wants a blank check and Harry wants some oversight and here we go again. Its our money and there should be some accountability. it shouldn't just be handed out without some constraints, otherwise who knows where it will end up and for what purpose.

    February 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Independant Vet




    February 11, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. Terry, TX

    Lynn has just been confirm..... another lobbyist.

    February 11, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  5. RJ, AZ

    I wouldn't have expected anything less from Princess Pelosi.

    February 11, 2009 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  6. N. S. Huntsville, Al

    the problem with who needs, means that the white house crooks will give it to the rich white schools and the poor minority schools wont get a DIME.

    February 11, 2009 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. 2010

    The money should go to schools, but I agree these funds should not be issued through governors. Education is often the first to be cut from state budgets.

    Florida is a prime example where our Republican-led Legislature & governor are cutting school budgets from our kids (the most vulnerable), while keeping their good ole boy connections stabilized for their corporate interests.

    February 11, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  8. Zion

    Nancy, I am the first to say that Republicans did not handle themselves, but you are looking equally unreasonable. Women would rather destroy something because they did not get their way than support something that is for the greater good (ie, reason I never supported Hillary).

    February 11, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Sacto Joe

    That's my gal, Nancy! You hang tough for our kids! These bozo Repubs forget that we just finished choosing our leaders. That leaves everyone else two choices:

    Follow, or GET OUT OF THE WAY!

    February 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Paul H

    Should have included everyone to begin with. So much for the change and reaching across the isle.

    February 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. kman821

    Just make it 20 billion and allocate equally to both approaches to the school construction/modernization funding ... what an absolutely trivial issue! Now, remind me again how much was paid out in Wall Street bonuses for 2008 with our tax payer's bail-out money!

    February 11, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Niki, New Jersey

    I voted for President Obama and I am glad that at least it appears that respect is flowing back and forth between the two parties in Congress. I am also glad to see that the President is traveling outside of Washington and talking directly to the people that hired him for the job. What I am not glad about is Pelosi sitting in that office with her pen and silly voice trying to be relevant in a situation that far out weighs her. She is the source of discourse in our Congress and needs to be voted out. California is in a huge financial crisis from my understanding and if she is the best they have then I am not surprised.

    Yes to OBAMA/BIDEN
    No to PELOSI

    February 11, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Had It

    Recently in ticker

    BREAKING: Deal on Stimulus

    You idiots at CNN are trying to get ahead of yourselves all the time. It's disgustng.


    February 11, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Jeffer -N.M.

    Notice that the difference isn't over the amount of money, or where it's being spent, but who has control over it.

    And if school construction is now pork, then I guess I'm for it. And roads too! More policemen and firemen have become pork as well! Whoa, I didn't realize I was a big goverment socialist for wanting my government to do it's job!

    February 11, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  15. he is NOT the chosen one after all

    President Pelosi, settle for less. You and vice-president Reid can ALWAYS sneak more money in..As Schumer said this morning 'Americans don't care"

    February 11, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. norb

    Some stimulus! My wife and I are to get 800 buck's if this thing is agreed upon. After taxes it equates to about 12 buck's a week. Who are we stimulating? These wall street fat cat's steal billions and we give them billions more. Poor Martha Stewart. She goes to jail for what? Movement of 60k in stocks for supposedly some insider knowledge? Now that's a joke. Madoff's wife takes out 15.5 million two days before he is indited and he still lives in his New York mansion. He ponzi scheme rips off 52 billion and the State of California's budget deficit is 42 million. They end up laying off State worker's who on the average loose another 3 to 4 hundred a month. People are fed up in this country. It's going to get ugly.

    February 11, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Mary

    Pelosi is an idiot.

    February 11, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  18. Dennis in Millbrae, CA

    Pelosi is to the Democrats what Limbaugh is to the Republicans–political extremists more concerned about having their mugs and voices featured in the media than offering anything constructive. We voters requested and got change in the election of President Obama; we now need change in the congressional "leadership" (and I use the term loosely).

    February 11, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  19. BURNS



    February 11, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Robert

    I am educator in Florida. Last year our district went through a 24 million dollar cut. This year, half way through the year, they took away another 4 million. By the end of the Florida State session, they will ask our district, to cut another 28 million. The state mandated a 25 to 1 teacher-student ratio. But with this cut, every school in Florida will be in violation because now teachers (annual and tenured) will be let go. Florida is ranked 50th in money spent per student for education. Why is it that Congressional leaders need to hold education hostage? Can you just cut a little here and there. Good G-d, it wasn't this difficult when AIG, BoA, Meryll-Lynch were asking for money. By the way, educators don't go to Vegas, Fiji, or Hawaii for team building seminars, nor do we need a Corp. jet.

    February 11, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  21. Nick

    Ms. Pelosi:. Are you there to help or hinder the President. Are you a Democrat or a Republican? Are you trying to help the people or just your State? Do you wish to become the Democratic version of Sarah Palin, or a legitiment House Speaker? Get off the dime and get this deal done..............

    February 11, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. Randy

    Okay Clarence what about this article do you not quite understand? The republicans have nothing to do with this hold up. It is Nancy Pelosi that is holding it up. Get used to the Harry and Nancy show. Remember they work with the President not for him. They better re-think that. God I love having them do in charge becuase it will go to show everyone how messed up they really are.

    Clarence Smith February 11th, 2009 5:31 pm ET

    I support you Pelosi! We have had to give up too much to the republicans – to heck with them. I cannot wait until 2010 we we take over the senate with more than 60 votes.

    February 11, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Obama 2.0

    Pelosi, you have to decide if you want to continue working in the House. You are on the hot seat and the eject button is binking and the eject horn is sounding. Your choice!

    February 11, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  24. Willy Brown

    The whole bill will keep us warm comrades.

    February 11, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  25. We love Sarah

    O.K, let’s get rid of all public schools since they are NOT important enough to fund. I live in South Carolina and the Governor here would rather see the state graduate as few student as possible, than put one penny in public education. We have the education lottery, yet over 78% of the funding goes to colleges.

    If getting our children the best education we can provide means pork, then let's fatten that pig as big as we can get it. I can say with great confidence that the folks that are creaming that this bill is pork-filled have NEVER left this country to see the real competition that our children face globally.

    February 11, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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