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. FreeNLovIt

    Why is this so hard? If you voted for it, you get aid, if you did not vote for it, you can only get tax cuts.

    February 11, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Paul H

    To Clarence Smith:
    Whats going to happen in 2010 is Congress will have a sustained low approval rating, and America will have had enough of the craziness, and be ready for yet another change. I Predict that there will be a landslide for Anyone other than Democrat. California will change even. Then in 2012 if Pelosi is still there, enough venom will have spewed from her mouth by then that is will effect any chance that Obama has of a second term. Then we will probably vote for a women to get past the gender barrier.
    I'm basing all this on all of the already fed up public, and blogs.

    February 11, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  3. Pat Omaha, NE

    It's "pork" if it is for schools...it's necessary if it is Wall Street parties?
    Have I got that right?

    February 11, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  4. 1776

    Pelosi – the democrats answer to vindictive republican obstructionist idiocy.

    Reid – the second banana of stupidity. We got the leadership in the White House correct, why can't we do the same in House?

    February 11, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    @ LIP

    That made zero sense in relation to the article above.

    February 11, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  6. Amy Pa

    Nancy are you and John McCain realated ?

    February 11, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. Economy will hurt Conservatives either way.

    Go get them Pelosi!
    Thanks to Nancy Pelosi. Two years ago Pelosi told congress that its not in the best interest of America to pursue impeachment against Bush. Now America has a better start with Obama on fixing the problems the Neo conservatives brought onto America over 8 years ago.

    We are losing our homes, businesses and jobs. Almost 600,000 last month alone.

    Conservatives had 8 years of shutting out Dems, funding wars started on lies and giving tax cuts to the rich. Well, the trickle down theory doesn't work as it turns out either. Extremists failed. The neo-con philosophy has failed. Going with TAX cuts only have failed.

    Good Job Nancy Pelosi!!

    February 11, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  8. Jon in CA

    Obama promised no "closed door back-room" legislation would be permited.

    I guess he was ONLY referring to the first 10 days of his Administration.

    February 11, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. legal in nc

    Clarence you must live in San Francisco because only those indebted to Pelosi would support that plastic troll. She is the prime example of why there should be term limits. She is a self-serving typical politician.

    More of the same and definitely NO CHANGE!

    February 11, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |

    I am a Democrat who voted for Obama but........................


    February 11, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Snake eyes



    February 11, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |

    .................FOR a long, long time. Unless a bridge is ready to collapse
    or is in need of repair.

    AND GET US OUT of IRAQ!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 11, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Simmy

    The money should be delegated to the agency that can best manage it, and the one that is more credible, and able to abide by transparency guidelines.

    Let's finalize this deal!

    February 11, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  14. Get Real!!

    When Obama spoke about change, I didn't think it meant more CORRUPTION, more PORK, more UNNECESSARY SPENDING, more LIES and especially not digging us a hole that we won't be able to recover from. The dems constantly spoke about the trillion dollar deficit that President Bush racked up over his 8 years in the white house but they want a trillion PLUS (some estimates are as high as 10 trillion) within the first three weeks of Obama's administration! What a bunch of hypocrites. OBAMA, keep your promises – – – – remember? No lobbyists, cut unnecessary spending, go over the budget line by line – DOES ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR? You fed the American people a CROCK and they bit – hook, line, and sinker. Obama should be ashamed of himself and the American people who voted for him need to WAKE UP!

    February 11, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  15. arithmetic is liberal

    Independent vet – you've been listening to too much talk radio. You're starting to mangle your talking points; and the English language.

    February 11, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. John

    You people never complained about Pork when the Republicans ran the show. Keep in mind, Bush and the Republican Congress squandered the Surplus that Clinton created with nobid contracts to Halliburton, Bridges to Nowhere and Hank Paulson bailing out his friends.
    The Republican base considers building schools, fixing levees, and upgrading sewer systems as Pork. - Whatever– you are marginalizing yourselves.
    Go right ahead. The thinking people are running the show now!

    February 11, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  17. big papa


    The doors to Mexico, Canada, and Alaska are still open...

    ...you may purchase one-way tickets at your earliest convenience...

    ...hating America, and our new, improved, intelligent, articulate and rational new President only makes you look dumber than your past 8 years of Bush-Cheney worshipping...

    Please leave...

    February 11, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Capital Insider

    OH great! Now its Democrats who are being obstructionist. I am becoming more and more annoyed with my own party. We need to have a third party...the "Americans tired of Partisan Politics." I am surprised Republicans haven't jumped all over this one.

    February 11, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. sandee in Portland

    Shame on our politicians for not wanting our schools brought up to date. The majority of our schools are falling down around our children's heads. The modernization would provide a lot of jobs, which we need. It would also give our children a pleasant place in which to learn, rather than freezing to death in the winter and roasting in the summer. The majority of our schools are over 50 years old and they all need help.

    By the way people, pork is something that offers no return. This is not pork. It will create jobs. Creating jobs is not pork. Get a clue!

    February 11, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  20. Scott, Tucson

    Hey CNN that's a pretty good picture of Harry Reid. Opps...my bust, sorry Nancy.

    February 11, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    @ LIP

    You make absolutely no sense saying Pelosi wants a "blank check" when the article above states that she is the one fighting for the $10B to be under tighter supervision via Title I...but the GOP just wants it handed to the governors as part of the "stabilization" program, which would leave the money exposed to the discretion of those governors. You guys have really got to try to focus more...it's becoming very boring to play on this blog when nobody seems to be at all informed or rational.

    February 11, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  22. Larry Houston Texas

    @ Tree, I Totally Agree with You !!! Lets take your comment to FOX, and see how far it gets, you think ? I'll bet "the Hannity" will shoot it down in a heartbeat !!

    February 11, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. Rick

    Hey look its Nancy Pelosi, the great demoncrate that wants to put a windfall tax on our retirement money and on our retirement..

    Thanks for helping bankrupt our children and grandchildren.

    February 11, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. phil/texas


    February 11, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  25. Pelosi or Reid's Idea?

    Tell her to just take back the $10 billion they are giving Senator Specter to vote yes on the bill. That will solve the money problem. Maybe he will vote yes anyway, without that kickback. Ya think?

    February 11, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
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