February 13th, 2009
12:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Most moderate GOP reps unswayed on stimulus

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Despite direct lobbying by members of President Obama's administration in the last couple of weeks, many moderate House Republicans are still firmly opposed to the measure.

Before the House vote last month, 11 House Republicans attended a meeting at the White House with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to discuss their possible support. None of those members voted for the bill then, and CNN has learned that most do not intend to support the latest version either.

Pennsylvania Republican Jim Gerlach said he got calls from two Cabinet secretaries on Thursday –- HUD Secretary Sean Donovan and Transportation Secretary Secretary Ray LaHood – – but said the bill didn’t include the “fundamental change I think is needed.”

Rep Vern Ehlers, R- Mich, met with Obama’s White House legislative staff this week, but said the measure didn’t include enough items he thought would be effective stimulus to the economy.

Another Michigan Republican, Candice Miller, said she believes the compromise between the House and the Senate is worse than the original House bill. “I really wanted to get to yes because Lord knows we need the help in Michigan.” Miller said she asked for more direct help for the ailing auto industry and was disappointed the tax credit for auto buyers was scaled back. “I personally asked both the President and Rahm for something for the auto companies,” Miller said.

Spokespeople for Rep. Shelly Moore Capito, R-WV; Rep. Steve LaTourette, R-Ohio; and Rep. Leonard Lance, R-NJ, said these members will oppose the measure this afternoon.

A spokesperson for Rep Thomas Petri (WI) indicated that he will "not likely" vote for the bill.

And even though President Obama personally called on Rep Aaron Schock (IL) to support the measure while visiting the Caterpillar Plant in his district on Thursday, the Congressman's spokesman said he will be voting against it.

But Republican Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao, R-La, said he is now “leaning yes" on the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, after voting with all other Republicans against the House version last month. Cao said he’s still reading the bill, but thought some aspects of the legislation could help rebuilding efforts in his New Orleans district.

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soundoff (122 Responses)
  1. JSU-TIGER99

    Why are the Republicans acting like @@@ HOLES, If John Mccain had won and wanted to do this stimulus bill they al lwould be on board and wishing him well on it, I think the problem is they do not want to answer to a BLACK PRESIDENT that is the only problem I can see how can you say you want ot help this country when you don't want to help the persone that was voted into office to lead this JACK-UP Country that you the Republicans mess up. When Bush was given out mone to all the CEOs you Republicans was gald to give out the tax payer money to the rich and left the poor person looking for a hand out and now you don't want to help out the DEMS, Yes it is because a BLACK MAN is in CHARGE .Republicans get on board and get over yourself and do whats right for this F&#& up country

    February 13, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Death of America by Obama

    The only people who are doing a disservice to this country are the deomocrats who support this joke of a stimulus package.

    February 13, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Jim Gerlach is a friend of the family so I can say with confidence that he is a true moderate. I have sat across a picnic table from him many times and he is a good man. If he hasn't seen what he wants why should he vote for it. lets not forget that he represents allot of people and there is a reason that he keeps his job. Lets face it this is a very partisan bill and they will be lucky if any repubs vote for it.

    February 13, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. aware

    We have an obfuscator instead of a decider in Obama.

    He just rubber stamps Pelosi's far left-wing agenda and plays used-car salesman instead of president! 😦

    February 13, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. Mary

    It's a shame that the republicans are hoping the stimulus fails so they can win political points. I bet the almost 3 million unemployed Americans appreciate their efforts.

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. aware

    The Republicans are right on this one!

    I am an Independent but Obama is beyond belief! He is winging it!

    He has no intestinal fortitude, moral center, ethics, authenticity or wisdom!

    He lies with ease as he attempts to sell an obscene package to Americans! 😦

    February 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Walter, Florence Italy

    Maybe the stimulus bill would be doing better if CNN weren't pushing the lies of right-wing flacks for the big drug companies that the bill has a scary new health care bureaucracy buried in it.

    CNN should be ashamed. You've been duped. Maybe you should stop letting college interns book your guests.

    February 13, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. CLYDE

    Many prayers with you Mr. President, GOOD JOB. GOP, lol

    February 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Jaime

    It's so obvious why they wont budge. The GOP has declare war on President Obama and are not planning to let up on anything he proposes or tries to get accomplished. They know Obama is Popular and they see their power slipping from them every day. And Since they only care about Power, the only thing they can do is trying a sabotage this President every chance they get in order to have a chance at 2012, even at the expense of this country and it's welfare.

    They aren't even trying to hide their plans anymore. It's disgusting and they should be ashamed of themselves.

    February 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. And when they have to pay taxes

    Supporting a bill that provides little stimulus but puts in place programs that will have to be funded FOREVER at taxpayer expense is not in the best interest of the Country. Most of those that are hurting and think that this bill will help them need to read the bill and stop listening to the pundits. It won't. Sadly, many of those non-ideologues that are truly hurting are willing to grasp at anything that is put to them articulately and with a positive, smiling face. Kind of reminds me of the welcome signs at the Nazi concentration camps.

    February 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Denver Dem

    And these Spineless corporate backed scum muckers will lose their postion all in good time. The American people have no stomach for sitting around and doing nothing while our beautiful country turns into a third world crap hole like Mexico.

    February 13, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. TheThinker

    Such stubborn elephants... They willingly let the last administration spend billions of dollars on military and now they're opposed to spending billions to aid us here?! That's illogical the more you think about it.

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Mika


    February 13, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. nora california

    People never seem to cease surprising me. To state that the document was made available to others before the reps is nuts. This bill has been out there for weeks now in one form or another. No one is being blindsided. Transparency is still alive and well. No secrete bill is in the offering. Those who have not read it have no one to blame but themselves. It has been clearly available to all who wanted to see it. So stop the fabrications about it being rammed down anyone's throat, Just a little more honesty CNN!

    February 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. We have been SKUNK

    Bo and the house DEm. have lied to us and now we are going to pay the cost of this so call bill for the next 50 years. GOD HELP US. I WANT MY VOTE BACK!

    February 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Les

    Throw the remaining republicans to the unemployment line like so many of us.

    February 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Judy Mia Fl

    what did you expect – republican are are all afraid of Rush and company to vote what's good for the country.

    February 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. RLE

    idiots who are self-serving but what will they say when it begins to work another excuse. Notice how all of those who oppose the bill have similar sound bites it didn't have what I thought... yada, yada, yada no suggestions

    February 13, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Thumbs Up For Obama

    They will soon find out what the chair they are now in looks like with their replacement .
    Boot them out they would try to stop the fire trucks if the place was on fire .
    Just can't wait for this what a great day that will be .

    Obama 2012

    February 13, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Kyle

    . . . the bill didn’t include the “fundamental change I think is needed.”

    The only change they want is a Republican in the White House.

    I am just disgusted with the lack of ideas or support from them - BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION NOT JUST THE PROBLEM ! ! ! ! !

    February 13, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. KFR

    I wish you that want to take your votes back that you get what you deserve in 2012, you will not even give Obama a chance; you are just like the repubs who are wanting him to fail and will do everything in their power for that to happen. I hope it backfires in their own faces.

    February 13, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Judy Mia Fl

    what did you expect – republicans are are all afraid of Rush and company to vote for a bill that might be good for the country.

    February 13, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
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