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. gary

    I hope that the stimulus works.

    I am afraid that the stimulus with crush us with debt and result in devaluation of the dollar and high inflation.

    I feel frustrated that neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have shown any fiscal restraint and are willing to borrow money against our childrens future so that we don't have to face the real financial issues (everyone borrowing too much!).

    I am ashamed that the largest spending bill in history was voted on by congress without anyone actually reading it first.

    February 17, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Bill in Oakland

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

    OK, Boner, if this isn't it, then what is *your* plan?

    February 17, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    The Great Obstructionist Party better get onboard the stimulus bandwagon and if not support with words, at least stay out of the way!!! America can no longer stay-the-course down the path of destruction!!! Its nut cutting time in the West and Republicans are prime candidates for culling out of the herd!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  4. Ex-Republican

    Ahh...Alaska Governor Palin don't like it. She's the state where her people are basically starving, can't afford to buy groceries, $10 a gallon of milk and no answers from the governor as to how to fix it. She's done a swell job over there.

    The only republican governor with a decent record at balancing a budget is Florida's Crist. Is it any wonder he's the only one that thinks the package is a good one? No it's not, most republicans, including the governors that are against this package....are morons. That's fine, simply don't help ANY STATE GOVERNOR who is opposed to it.

    February 17, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. JK Ashburn, VA

    For most of the nitwits on this blog - Republicans do have a plan for a stimulus. But as some correctly point out, they lack the power to bring it to a vote and the media is too busy kissing Obama's butt to notice or care.

    This bill is a disaster. Like many of Roosevelt's efforts in 1933 and 1935 and 1937, it will do little but make the pain last longer. I hope we don't have to rely on the same thing to get us out of this one like we did in the 1930s (World War II).

    February 17, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. The Edge, Macon, GA

    Repugnant stimulus plan : TAX CUTS and MORE TAX CUTS, let those who are laid off benefit and stimulate the economy with their 'tax cuts'....oh and by the way, we'll continue to tax those measely unemployment INSURANCE payments......the ONLY insurance payments I can think of which are taxed?! I find it humurous the Repug's claim to hate Government, seeing how THE Governement is THEIR employer. Hyppocrites all.

    February 17, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Tessa

    Who's going to create jobs? The Republican party? hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!! Duh. All they're concerned with right now is doing anything they can to block whatever Obama and the Democrats want to do. They don't care about the people.

    February 17, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Joan , Ontario

    Maybe Alaska and Louisianna don't need to take any of the stimlulus money since their governors are so opposed to it. Let their governors solve their own problems and give their share of the money to states whose leaders actually supported it and will use the stimulus money carefully and productively.

    February 17, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. WhoCares?

    I really honestly don't think Boehner wants the stimulus to even work.

    He is betting against his own constituents welfare.

    Garts for you that voted him in there.

    February 17, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    LT in Texas – I'm ashamed to call you a fellow Texan – everyone should line up to bash the stupid thing. NOT ONE PERSON that signed that bill read it through to the end! Did you even know that?

    February 17, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. Pat, CA

    Doug in New Mexico February 17th, 2009 4:54 pm ET
    I think that the Republican solution is to start a war that would put people to work . . . .
    Sorry, "Doug" - that has traditionally been a Democrat strategy!

    February 17, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. CWD

    You know, I say we don't even give any money to the states who's governors are trashing the bill because they obviously don;t need any help. I'm sure there would be a long line to get their portion of the money. Besides, I'm sure they can just tax cut their way out of the problem. That's the Republican answer to everything.

    February 17, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    boo hoo Bethie – how old are you? 10? Who cares who you vote for? Just keep on voting for losers that will spend, spend, spend.

    February 17, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  14. JADE

    Republicans don't give a rat's hiney about the Americans people. They vote party lines only.

    February 17, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  15. Patty in the CA mountains

    Well, duh!! Did anyone really think they were gonna say, "great stuff"

    February 17, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. John, Brooklyn, New York

    ....and the identity crisis among the Republicans continues. The right-wing Republican ideologues in Congress are lining up to play the partisan games, while the centrist governors can't make up their minds.

    Now THERE's a clear message from the Republican Party...."We have no message!"

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

    I heard on the news that GOP leaders are claiming the stimulus bill was written by Democrats behind closed doors. I'm curious: did they (GOP leaders) want to write the bill in front of open doors? These folks are ridiculous. Apart from tax cuts what else did they suggest? Didn't the Democrats put the tax cuts in the bill? What's their problem now? if they don't have anything to say they should shut up and leave Washington!

    February 17, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. Brandon

    Again, what constructive options are the Republican Party offering? Oh yea, none..that's right. If you have nothing to contribute, then you have nothing to critique. That's how I feel at least. How easy is it to simply say "no" like a pack of wolves with one brain, instead of rolling up sleeves and being helpful?

    February 17, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. Former Republican

    Gov. Jindal should keep quiet. He does need money to rebuild New Orleans. Went to New Orleans in the summer, very sad to see all that destruction and all that debris still there..

    Of course it would be a Republican saying his state doesn't need the money. Tell that to the people in New Orleans!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  20. James

    Accountability February 17th, 2009 5:16 pm ETI hope those Republican Governors who think this was a bad idea don't take the money…then face their voters….yeah…thought so….
    Ok if my state doesn't take the money then we don't have to pay it back. At some point we tax payers will have to pay for this.

    February 17, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  21. Tom Mc

    Notice you all will blame the republicans for this mess, but all of you democrats fail to realize that it was the policies enacted during the Clinton administration that set the tune for all of this. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae didn't want to have anything to do with people who couldn't afford to pay back loans, but Congress insisted that if things got bad, they'd get a bailout. When you extend ridiculous amounts of credit to "low income" people who are low income for a reason (they don't make money, or advance in any way), you are setting up for disaster. Combined with peoples' ignorance in signing things they didn't read at closing, and a time-delay fuse (ARMs with expirations, normally reserved for commercial lending) – something was bound to happen. Keep in mind Democrats are the ones who think "fair housing" is a "right". Not to point too many fingers, I'm a Libertarian and I know as well as anyone that BOTH sides are bad – I'm just sick of the Democrats' whining.
    What we really should do is vote both parties out of office, and get back to what the Constitution has to offer. If we could eliminate generational welfare and kick out all the illegals – both sucking us dry – we'd be getting someplace. Until the liberals can start thinking with their heads and not their emotions, we'll just continue the downward spiral.

    There's a reason its' been hard to find firearms and ammo lately; it's because people are preparing for the worst.

    February 17, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  22. WhoCares?

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

    You mean BESIDES all the exta tax cuts the Dems put in the bill AFTER the Republicans started whining like 4 year olds?

    You do realize that listening to Rush only makes you more stupid correct?

    February 17, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  23. Dems be dopes

    I'm beginning to think Pelosi is running the Country, Reid is second in command. Nobamo is just window dressing and Biden is the token old white guy.

    February 17, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. dona

    I am guessing the senators from Alabama will turn the money down too. They voted against the bill. Our DEMOCRAT Rep. Bright voted against it. When I called his office, his secretary said Ala. would not be penalized for the votes and Congressman Bright looks forwarded to getting the money to help with the roads, bridges and schools. I fell out of my chair. I asked her if it is hypocritical to take the money if he voted against it. She told me Congressman Bright is committed to improving Alabama with the funds. THen WHY DID HE VOTE AGAINST IT? She said he is a fiscal conservative and wants to decreased the debt, THEN DENY THE MONEY OR SEND IT BACK HYPOCRITE!!!!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  25. pete

    I wonder how it feels to make a trillion dollar mistake

    February 17, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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