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. Michelle

    I don't understand what twilight zone the Republicans are living in. Reality is so clear to everyone who is losing their job, homes, life savings etc...that something has to be done. I believe that until it affects their pocketbooks directly, then they will continue to live as the racist fat cats they are!!!!

    February 17, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. moderate

    I heard that only one democrate congressman / senator had really read the S. Bill. after reading it, He voted PRE SENT!

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    @ J.P.

    Not one respected economic expert has endorsed the idea that this is simply a cyclical downturn. The ONLY Person who has tried screaming that from the hilltops is Rush Limbaugh and, as most of us already know, he's a "big fat idiot."

    February 17, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Mary Lou Smith

    When are you Republicans going to figure out that if you are not standing for conservatism you need to change parties. I hope Florida Governor Charlie Crist will notify the Republican public through Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele just how many jobs this stimulus bill provides Florida? and.....how many new members of society enroll in medicaid?? I thought Florida was in control without Washington's help.

    If only you people in congress who voted for this bill would have gone to Italy and stayed there, capitalism would take care of the situation. Any time the US Government gets involved in any situation it only makes it worse, and that will be the end result in this case.

    Louisiana Governors Bobby Jindal, and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin have it correct and I long to hear them say "I TOLD YOU SO".

    In the meantime you people in Washington just keep on being spendthrifts and I hope the hard working Americans who are not looking a handout march on Washington demanding your resignation or impeachment. We are mad out here , and a demand for real change is coming.

    February 17, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Bafun

    funny it's President Clinton's fault and the 2 last years democratic "majority" in Congress! The 8 years Bush and co are not responsible. Republicans are OK with tax spending for wars and nothing for the American people but have a probleme with spending FOR the American people! After all if my taxes come back by improving the country and part of my life it is a good thing.

    February 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Marco

    Repub claim it was the democrat who created this crisis under
    Clinton. What a joke. You have run the country for 8 years after Clinton and 12 YEARS before Clinton and somehow this crisis was caused by
    a democrat who ran the country for 8 years of the past 28 years.

    Since you guys are so smart why didn't you FIX THE ISSUE after Clinton created it? You had a Repub Congress for 6 years under Bush didn't you?

    February 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    mmmmmm mmmm mmm...the GOP sure does love eating crow

    February 17, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. bill

    Any of the GOP governors you have a problem with the stimulus package, please refuse the package. With you having such a problem with the stimulus, too accept it would be a hypocrite.

    I am talking to you Palin and jindal

    February 17, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. Denise Bozrah, Ct

    The Republicans said from the beginning that they would not help write the stimulus plan. If it fails it will be on the Democrats. Then they said they would not vote for it. They vowed to fight against. They decided to not be bipartisan, not to help the American people. They offered nothing constructive. Now they cry foul! One hopes that they get over themselves and step up to help make it work or at the very least stop trying to make it fail.

    February 17, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. jaye

    Don't expect any good comments from the GOP....they're a bunch of LOSERS who are afraid to break party lines and have something good to say about the stimulus.
    All I can say is wait and see and eat your words.

    February 17, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. tfc

    What good is a tax cut when you don't have a job?

    February 17, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Paul H

    Wow. The comments over this stimulus is crazy.
    Bush on his way out spent a lot of money because of this recession we are in, and now Obama, and Co. is spending that much more on the way in.
    This is government taking advantage of a crisis. They are using this to push an expensive agenda, and this is just the excuse they need.
    This economy was going to bounce back anyway, and these guys know it. Now they can take some credit for it when it does. But that's not why they wanted the money, it's the big spend for the big Government that is coming.

    February 17, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  13. mike

    I like Mike's comments:

    February 17th, 2009 5:44 pm ET

    The Dumbocrats got us into this mess in the first place, why would anyone think they can get us out? With quality leaders such as Pelosi, Reid, Dodd and Frank, not to mention the clueless BO, we are doomed. We need to vote out all Democrats in 2010.

    February 17, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. tennisguypitt

    How about give this a chance for a while instead of bashing it incessantly? I'm not a big fan of this either, but people should give it a chance...

    This isn't going to be solved in few days, as the saying goes, "Rome was not built in a day."

    February 17, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. Frank, Las Vegas

    There's all ready two republican house members who wrote to their districts about the spending projects he got for the district. Interesting how they got the projects in a bill they claim they were not involved in and did not vote for. Yet they take credit for bringing home the bacon. I bet the list of such two faced republicans will grow every day. Then they wonder why they get voted out of office. They hope the stimulus bill and the economy fails, nice plan guys, so much for America First.

    February 17, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  16. David Newport, OR

    No problem...those states that don't want help don't have to take it. Leaves more for those that REALLY need it.

    February 17, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  17. pam

    JP – WOW talk about not knowing anything! The Great Depression started with the crash of '29. FDR didn't become President until 1933. In what part of your imagination did you come up with FDR causing something that happened 4 yrs before he was elected. It was HOOVER who sent us spiraling into the Great Depression. I love how repubs rewrite history to fit their mindless idealogy.

    February 17, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. James

    Oh I get it we use $800,000,000,000 to create 4,000,000 million jobs that will lower the unemplyment rate a few % back down to about 5%. It will be easy to claim the economy is fixed becasue we are creating jobs the hard part is finding the next $800,000,000,000 to keep these people employed WHEN THE MONEY RUNS OUT? So we will spend about 200k per job please hire me. Yea I know this is a simpleton statement but these jobs will not last.

    February 17, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  19. Griff

    "The Package" of this decade, is a "Doggie Bag." With no Substance.

    February 17, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. No Incumbents 2010

    President Obama said tax cuts don't work. We've tried that for the past 8 years and they do not work.
    We have been taxing and spending for a lot longer and that doesn't seem to get the job done either.

    February 17, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. carrie miller


    February 17, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Billy Jack

    This stimulus needs to fail, the logic of it is insane. Lets give a bunch a people money that others have worked for then we know they won't vote against their own self interests and will continue to vote for the hand out party. This will continue to lead us down the path to full blown socialism. Ridiculous.

    Let the economy fix itself, quit messing with it.

    February 17, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Bell

    Snake eyes said what I was going to say. I would like to point out the PROFILES IN COURAGE> Susan Collins--Olympia Snow and Arlen Spector. Three Rep that voted for the people of their state .The Rep. voted to give 700 billion to Wall St and the banks and are now complaining about 787billion for the entire country to rebuild our lives and forge a decent future for the next generation.

    February 17, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Big J

    Did anyone see Dan Akroyd's immitation of John Boehner?

    February 17, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. ObamaShrugged

    Any of you liberals have one of those "Dissent is Patriotism" bumperstickers I can use for the next four years? Or is it only patriotism when I agree with you.

    February 17, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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