March 11th, 2009
11:05 PM ET
14 years ago

House Democrats deny second stimulus in the works


WASHINGTON (CNN)– House Democratic aides denied Wednesday that work is already underway on another stimulus package. The push back came a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested more stimulus spending might be needed and the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee said he had already instructed his staff to begin working on a bill.

But multiple Democratic aides told CNN another stimulus plan is not in the works, and they maintained that Democratic leaders believe it will take more time to know whether the first recovery package is effective before taking up another bill.

One leadership aide said that House Appropriations Chairman David Obey got ahead of himself when he told CNN Tuesday evening that his committee was considering another stimulus package, though he had cautioned there was no timeline for moving it.

This aide said House Democratic leaders are letting the current stimulus play out, and that it will be "at least several months, as we get toward the end of the year and see where we are" before they would consider another stimulus bill.

Another Democratic aide said that the Appropriations committee "is not putting pen to paper. We think it's too soon to do [a second stimulus] now."

Brendan Daly, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement, “As the Speaker indicated, Congress will continue to closely monitor economic conditions to determine if further action is needed to stimulate the economy.”

Asked if there is a contingency plan or discussions going on behind the scenes about what a second stimulus would include, one leadership aide insisted there are none, saying the contingency plan is to let the Obama Administration’s housing and financial stabilization programs run their course.

But even as Democrats tried to tamp down talk about the need for more taxpayer money to help spur an economic recovery, Republicans criticized Democrats for excessive spending.

Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander, reacting to reports of a second stimulus bill, told reporters Wednesday, "We don't even know what was in the first stimulus bill package yet."

Referring to the budget recently outlined by President Obama and the stimulus package just enacted, Alexander said, " I believe this is more spending, more taxes, and more debt than most American families expected or than most American families can afford."

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind., piled on: "I think the fact that Democrats are already talking about stimulus 2 suggests that Democratic leadership has apparently concluded that their stimulus bill has already failed. That's fairly remarkable after just a couple of weeks." Pence said if there is a second stimulus, Republicans would fight for more tax relief for small business and families instead of more government spending.

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  1. Andy

    For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!

    March 11, 2009 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  2. Denver Mom

    Can anyone stop President Pelosi??????????????? This is crazy!!!!!!!!!! STOP SPENDING MY MONEY IRRESPONSIBLY!

    March 12, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. Paul F

    You know, now that all you Democrats are in power again, you may want to have a meeting and get your story straight.

    Washington DC seems more like kindergarten every day.

    March 12, 2009 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  4. Dittohead

    pelosi's staffers are too busy writing threatening notes to the pentagon about private jets. once some heads roll they will load up an other bill with pork to pay off their backers.

    the repubs will then add some earmarks in.

    the government is broken.

    March 12, 2009 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  5. Steve in Las Vegas,NV

    Listen to what they aren't saying! Seems when they deny something, there usually is, just with a different name.

    March 12, 2009 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. Vtercell

    Truth be told, I used to believe Nancy Pelosi was the ugliest woman in Washington until Michelle Obama moved into town.

    March 12, 2009 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  7. ron

    in the works? my bet is that it's already written, and just needs to be signed, really, really fast, before anyone reads it.

    just like the last one.

    March 12, 2009 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  8. SueB

    The cat is out of the bag, so trying to deny it now is rather moot. All this spending is killing the country. It isn't working, has never worked in the past, so stop spending! I find it ironic that so many people are gleeful that there are fewer billionaires this year then last. Surprise, folks, those billionaires provide jobs and if they don't have as much money then they provide fewer jobs. Every billion lost is on average 20,000 jobs. at $50,000 per year. You know, the jobs you depend on and are losing at record pace? The economy is totally freaked, it understands what a total Dem administration means and it's not happy with that. Even old Soro's and Buffet who have been staunch supporters of the Dems but have lost about 1/2 of their worth are beginning to suffer and aren't quite as vocal now about raising taxes (they exempt most of their income from taxes anyway, make billions but pay taxes as if they make a couple hundred thousand bucks a year). The demise of this country is just history repeating itself, every great society has succumbed to greed and sloth, the US is just another in a long string of countries who fail to learn from the past.

    March 12, 2009 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  9. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    The democrats need a second stimulous bill to continue to pay off their special interest gruops which already have an increase in spending 3 times inflation on the omnibus budget bill. It sounds just like college tuition which has gone up faster than inflation over decades just to promote the liberal agenda.

    March 12, 2009 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  10. joelisa01

    this is definitely treason....imagine, he is too stupid to know that he has publicly committed a crime against the USA. What a sleazy traitor and trying to incite others to join him...what a loser. but, this is a major crime against the united states...i hope he is investigated to death and then incarcerated.

    if you dont love america then leave it!

    March 12, 2009 03:59 am at 3:59 am |