February 17th, 2009
04:46 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP offers mixed reaction to stimulus bill

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(CNN) - As President Obama signed the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, Republicans offered mixed views on whether they believe it will ultimately be effective.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and House Republican Leader John Boehner both said the measure will fail to create jobs, while Florida Gov. Charlie Crist hailed the effects the bill will have on his state.

“At a time when Florida is facing historic economic challenges mirrored across the country, these federal stimulus dollars will help Florida meet critical needs in education, transportation and Medicaid," Crist said in a statement.

Other Republican governors have not been as supportive of the package, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"We’ll need to look at the federal funding on a case-by-case basis," Palin said in a statement.

And Boehner, who successfully led his party to universally oppose the measure in the House, called it a "raw deal for American families."

“Our nation is in recession, and responsible action is required to help our economy protect and create jobs. This isn’t it," he said.

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soundoff (415 Responses)
  1. jenn

    Don't like the stimulus bill? Turn down the $$.

    Yes, that's right–all the GOPers who think this bill is doomed to failure should JUST SAY NO to the funds for their constituents. Otherwise, they're nothing but a bunch of lousy hypocrites who got us into this mess in the first place.

    February 17, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  2. California Gold

    Translation on "GOP mixed reaction"

    If it fails the Republican Congressmen/women were right.

    If it is successful the Republican Congressmen/woman knew it was the right thing to do and isn't John Q. Citizen pleased they are benefitting from the work being done by the US Congress!

    February 17, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. donald


    February 17, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  4. Brad of IL.

    Even though the Republicans did come out with a Plan, ( corp.tax cuts, and more spending for rebuilding highways and bridges) they were shut out. When they say we need too spend 2 trillion dollars on same, Obama admin. puts in 160 billion dollars. The Republicans wanted 500 billion for same. Democrats wanted to put alot of pork spending in this bill and they did. If we don't get any jobs created , who is going too pay off this loan. Maybe then we will see a huge cut in Welfare programs. This Congress is the worst ever and come 2010 you are going too see alot of angry people who will vote out this Congress and then we will have a Republican bill that will work.Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will be gone , Thank God.

    February 17, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  5. Marie in California

    Steele is right. Too much irrelevant spending in that bill...spending that has nothing to do with creating jobs.

    Stock market dumped again today when Obama signed the bill. It will drop even further.

    Atlas is shrugging....and socialistic government intervention is not going to stop that downward spiral. In fact, it will hasten the process.

    February 17, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Republicans Betray America

    Isn't ironic that the vast majority of all Governors and Mayors in our country (Repuplicans and Democrats) support President Obama's stimulus package and that most Americans also support the stimulus package YET NOT ONE SINGLE REPUBLICAN IN CONGRESS supported it????.

    It just proves Republicans are all about playing political games and are not serious about restoring this nation. They lied about the contents of the package. They claimed they did not have time to read it. That's strange – because I did. It was online for a couple of weeks for all to read. All that changed in the last and final vote was to add Republican tax cuts (that do nothing for jobs) to try to appease them.

    Republicans betrayed the people they are supposed to being working for and I hope these states remember this next year when it comes time to vote these "do nothing" Republicans out of office.

    The more Republicans we get rid of, the faster this nation wil recover and move forward to being an once again progressive and prosperous nation. They are roadblocks to our future.

    February 17, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  7. Ben in Dallas

    John Boehner, pronounced boner, has no clue. The republicans allowed the investment bankers to create a two wave two trillion dollar hole in the world economy. $800 plus billion is just the beginning. If economic theory works the multiplier for just have the money we spend it should generate 4 to 8 times that in economic activity.

    As usual reality and republican to not equate.

    February 17, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |

    Is Boehnor up for reelection? i hope so, then he can get kicked to the curb along with the rest of the repugs.

    February 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  9. just dallas

    as a devout democrat I must say we should have given all tax cuts only and let the markets(wealthy) decide if we needed infrustructure, additional education spending, healthcare reform extended unemployment etc... like MCcain said on the campain trail he (GOP) support the wage creators(ie wealthy,plantation owners) and keeping minimum wage low ,til the market decides to increase salaries. less government(ie survival of the fittest) anything other than this philosphy makes you a tax and spend libral. keep in mind when Lincoln freed the slaves it was considered radical and Libral.

    February 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Whatz up

    Hey..... slick Willy Brown

    MAYBE the GOP should REFUSE any Stimulus money. If they OPPOSED the stimulus then hey, DON'T TALK TRASH, WALK THE WALK.... don't accept the billions of dollars for your state. I'd like to see these GOP idiots turn down the money, their constituents WOULD love to see that happen while their losing their jobs and home.

    Yeah, the problem with the GOP is they have done nothing but talk trash, anyone can talk trash, that's easy. Just take a look at who their taking notes from, the new GOP Spokesperson.... Rush Limbaugh. End of Story.

    February 17, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  11. Chris

    According to my tax preparer, that so called tax relief IF you purchase a new vehicle this year is not going to happen UNLESS you can prove you spend MORE THAN the amount you are automatically allowed based on your reported income. Another line, another lie.

    February 17, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. David

    I don't get it. If the bill was supposed to create jobs it would have been cheaper for the federal Government to hire 3.5 million people at $50,000 for 4 years than this bill. That is more money than the median US household and would have had a huge impact on spending and would have been a true stimulus. It would have generated the money for the other projects and cost less. Think about it the cost would have been spread out hopefully keeping the defecit a little lower. I am all for the government stepping in and think Obama has a grasp on what is going on. I think his own congress screwed him.

    February 17, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Ben in Dallas

    Dear Floridian,

    How would you suggest that we fill the two trillion dollar hole created by republican free markets?

    You can write complete sentenses, can you think critically?

    February 17, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Ex-Republican

    A Typical Republican Visits the Doctor:

    Republican: Hey Doc, I have an STD, can you help me?

    Dr. Obama: How'd you get it?

    Republican: Oh, I had careless and frequesnt sex with all the deviants of society for the past eight years. I was pretty sure it was bad stuff, but ya know, it was fun. Tax payers were footing the bill for me to get my jollies in foreign lands. Too bad I don't like using protection, it's against my religion.

    Dr. Obama: That was dumb, none the less, I'll get you fixxed, here's some Medicine and I'll have to give you a shot every two weeks for the next eight years.

    Republican: Oh, you suck! the shot really hurts and the medicine tastes nasty. This is all your fault!

    February 17, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  15. donald

    Hey Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC), stand up and be a man, you told John King 2 weeks ago that your state won't take the cash, even though South Carolina's unemployment rate stands at 9 per cent, with three counties hovering at 20 per cent. Do your citizens a favor, DON'T TAKE THE CASH!
    I would hate to see an idiot like you doling out our hard earned tax dollars to a bunch of redneck jim bobs

    February 17, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Santa Maria

    Kimberly...change...Doug...others...you all are blaming Republicans. I guess that you have been listening to Jon Stewart or MSNBC or some other tainted news source. The real reason we are in a financial meltdown is greed. Greed drove the prices of houses too high. Greed drove the stock market higher than it should have. i guarantee you all that wasting a trillion dollars or more won't fix the problem. The problems will be fixed by natural selection as prices and demand and credit gets back down to the levels it needs to be.
    As to those who say that those who slam the plan shouldn't let the so called stimulus money come to their state...I am all for that. Just don't ask for my tax money this year then. I will keep it and stimulate my own economy.

    February 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. C.S.A republicans

    Wheres their hero Tom Delay?hahahahahahah

    February 17, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. Ruth

    If Palin and Jindal don't support the stimulas bill then they shouldn't get any of it.

    February 17, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  19. Ruth

    If Palin and Jindal don't support the stimulas bill then they shouldn't get any of it.

    February 17, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  20. Steve

    Bush is looking better all the time. Bush wasted 1 trillion dollars over 8 years. King Obama has manged to do the same in less than one month.....you go King!

    Please oh please, I'm begging the current administration to quit paying back the people that elected you, and start focusing on fixing the economy. People are losing their jobs, and today the President responded by signing a bill with millions of dollars set aside for "Grape and Wine" research. Congress and the King still don't get it....real people are hurting out here.

    February 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Tim and all you naysayers: The Republicans offered no credible proof that their so called stimulous package would create twice as many j0obs and overlooked that the tax cuts (mainly to the rich) would decrease revenue to the federal gov't by 1.5 trillion dollars over the next five years.

    Hey I can claim that I will half the cost of the Republican plan and create twice as many jobs as theirs does....saying it doesn't make it so!

    Boehner, Mitch and Mike Steele are pathetically keeping their fingers crossed that the stimulous package will fail so they can do better in the elections...how unpatriotic is that??

    February 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  22. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    “Our nation is in recession, and responsible action is required to help our economy protect and create jobs. This isn’t it,"

    Oh, that's right...George W and the ReThugs in congress for the past 8 years took responsible action to protect our economy...what a joke.

    Republicans would stand together against apple pie and the flag if they needed to for their own survival...hypocrites and obstructionists....let's get 'em again in 2010.

    February 17, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  23. heatherimTEXAS

    Folks I kid you not...start watching the Republican state who have republican govenor and see how much they go grabing at the pinata stimulus bill. Every state will be grabbing their portion. Alaska and Louisianna...wait and see...If they think it is a bad idea dont touch it.

    February 17, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Adele

    Hooray for the stimulus. We should not all expect everyone to be happy. If this helps one family to keep their dignity then it has done its job. I wonder what would happen if this country continued under the policies of the last 8 years. I support our President 110% . We live in a great country and people need to come out of the stone age and get with the progressive people or be left behind. We all are aware that it took years to get us in this mess and it will take double that to get us out. Lets act like Americans and stick together and stop all of the bickering our President has spoken!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  25. Simmy

    Sens. McConnell and Boehner ,

    Those ugly faces of yours are a "raw deal on American families." At least try a fake smile. You're telling lies anyway. Why not "lie" a smile? Your guru (Bush) left, but his spirit is alive and kicking like hell in the rest of you. The THREE excluded.

    February 17, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
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