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. Sniffit

    Please. You don't have to be clairevoiyant to know what most of these goofs are going to say. Entirely predictable rhetoric is not news.

    February 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. KLS

    Wonder how many of the Republican Governors who are not supportive of the stimulus package will now refuse the money for their state?

    February 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. John, Rochester MN

    Um, Boehner, creating jobs is exactly what this bill is going to do. Boehner. Seriously, has there ever been a more apt name for a Republican?

    February 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Herb

    Nothing will help until the greedy people and companies that put us into this mess are stopped from what thay have been doing.
    The price gouging by Health Insurance companes has got to stop.
    It's insane and it is destroying lives.

    February 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Debbie Rae

    I hope for the sake of our country, that the Republicans working for the Party only get voted out..........they're dead weight.

    February 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Griff

    Pelosi? Saint Augustin? Disgusting! When will the World move on? A piece of Dirt, in a Humungous Interspace.. All you can do, is hide in the Past...

    February 17, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Diana NJ

    Reading all I can get my hands on, I have been stuggling to understand where the GOP is coming from.." let the market do its things"... hum..
    Okay.. we were wrong to step in and try to help, we should let people lose their jobs, buy from China and when they are homeless, we will shake our heads in disguest... and if they get in our way.... call the police. Now that is if we have money and have police.

    And when we see them stave, we will go home and eat cake..adn think about those poor people and we will go to chruch every Sunday with a clear conscience... because aren't we the Religious right? We can pat ourselves on the back all the way home in our gas guzzlers..

    February 17, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. Paul

    Republicans continue to be laughable. It's had to take any of them serious.

    February 17, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. Shari, NY

    President Obama already said it would not be a quick fix, nor would it be free from imperfections. Palin, et al need to realize that if they have something to offer it would most likely have its negative side. Next!!!

    February 17, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  10. Mike in Houston

    The markets reaction to this spending bill was swift and immediate.

    Voters are ignorant, but their money (while they have it at least) is not.

    February 17, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. David in CA

    So Louisiana and Alaska will turn down any Federal money stemming from the stimulus package? Let's wait and see...

    February 17, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Texas Teacher

    Are any of us surprised. The repubs are banking on their ability to tell us lies like they always have done... and have We, the People, fall for it hook line and sinker. Now if the package fails.... then they can crow, but if it does not.... THEY BETTER RUN FOR THE HILLS! And I have a feeling they should start running right now!

    February 17, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  13. Jon in CA

    Hey Snake eyes – great plan, bozo. And those states who turn down the Stimulus plan ... they're exempt from having to pay towards the $800 Billion price tag, right einstein??

    February 17, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  14. Obama - NOPE

    HURRY 2010 ! 2010 – please hurry up and get here.

    February 17, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  15. Shane

    Who in their right mind would support a Republican after the fine mess they have put is in? Vote the idiots out!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  16. Rayce

    What's a raw deal is politicians incessantly bickering while 600,000 people lose their jobs.

    February 17, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. Matt

    Boo Hoo the poor Republicans didn't have a chance to read the Stimulus Bill.....It has been debated for at least a month now. Again, they are fooling no one.

    February 17, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  18. janet, ohio

    Phew! I'm SO glad he finally signed that thing. I thought he was going to sign it Friday night, right after the vote, so the world would not end! I mean, it had to be voted on Friday night, before anyone could read it, so the world would not end, but then... he didn't sign it! And I'm like WHAT?!?!?! It was the worst weekend of my life, I couldn't sleep for worry. I guess they could have just waited to vote on Monday after actually reading it.... No, that would have made way too much sense.

    February 17, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. Joanna

    Well Boehner, than what is your solution? Let me take a guess, tax cuts?

    February 17, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  20. JR in Texas

    Any sane person would not be part of this "blunder / Spending Bill", the Democrats and Obama own this one.

    February 17, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. Nicole

    The Republicans can only complain.....it's what they do best.

    February 17, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  22. Nate

    Did anyone think to ask John Boehner what alternative ideas he put on the table or did he just say I don't like it because that's all the American people are hearing Republican opposition without susbstance. The states all the republican officials speak for will be taking the stimulus money so perhaps they should refuse the money and see how they do without the wasteful spending. Governor Crist (Republican) from FL doesn't seem to think so and he actually runs a state budget. Maybe some Republicans need to wake up and get more connected with the needs of the American people. The stimulus it's not perfect but it's better than the alternative which is no action.

    February 17, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Mike, St. Louis

    Actually, the Republicans did come up with a plan but were shut out of the negotiations except for 3 liberal republican senators.

    February 17, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. pat C.

    i agree that all the republican states that don't support president obama should be excluded from any funding. lets see which states come out of this bush crisis first. i prause president obama for taking such a bold stand while the republicans sit and do nothing but complain about the president. it is hard for the republicans to understand that when one is unemployed with no income we really aren't interested in a tax cut.

    February 17, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Constance AL Independent

    I have just one question, of all the Senators and Congressmen who VOTED to give the banks and carmakers bailouts, how many voted to do "something" to help these UNITED STATES? Was it just three in the Senate and none in the House?

    February 17, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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