February 13th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
13 years ago

States to Senate: Send more federal aid

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - States are looking to the federal government for more help balancing their budgets, but the Senate is not heeding their call.

Federal aid to the states was among the top priorities in an early Senate job creation bill, as well as in a $154 billion measure passed by the House in December. But it has fallen off the list as Senate Democrats look to craft legislation that will attract bipartisan support.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday unveiled a jobs bill that does not contain state aid. A Senate Democratic aide said Reid hopes to back a state aid measure in the future. Republican support, however, remains questionable.

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  1. Ken

    The states need to trim their spending. The tax payers pockets have already been picked to the bone.

    February 13, 2010 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Would that be the red ones or the blue ones. The states had a chance to lower their healthcare costs.. But the red state senators stopped it. I blame them send some good senators to DC and you'd be better off. That means you too Massachusetts. My Senators in Maine like to ptetend they are open minded but when the rubber hit's the road they a with the say no crowd so far. Send Obama some folks who will work with him and things wiil be better.

    February 13, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Keith in Austin

    I would love to see a comparison of States with GOP Governors vs those with Democrat leadership! My bet is that there is an overwhelming difference in budget deficits comparing the lists!

    Requests for more Federal aide and funding is the kiss of death and only means more spending and bigger deficits at the Federal level.

    Bozo, Harry and Joker-face Pelosi are already out of control like crack-junkies with a stolen AmEx card!

    Smaller Government, States Rights and NO MORE deficit spending MUST occur! This means voting all Liberals out of office ASAP!

    Progressivism must never be allowed to raise it's ugly head in our Country ever again!

    February 13, 2010 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Political parties are unconstitutional

    ABSOLUTELY NOT. Not one cent. Congress, you keep the Taxpayer Coinpurse snapped tightly SHUT, do you hear?

    States had their chance in the bailout. Those who did not take the money, you're on your own now. States who did take the money, you got all we are going to give you, and not another dime.

    States, start electing people who can manage the money you have properly and learn how to be more efficient in your state operations. Fix what's broken, and quit crying for more money...we need it to put people back to work, since you stink at doing that, too.

    February 13, 2010 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Obama/Biden

    I understand the pain out there, but people need to be patient with the government. It took the previous government 8 years plus to mess things they way they were; it is not acceptable for the people to expect Barack Obama to fix them overnight. American people seem to have very short memory. Barack inherited a mess in Washington and he is trying so hard to fix that. But, congress democrat and republican alike are not help to him. They're only fighting each other and worry more about getting their pay check ( getting reelected than working on behalf of America. They're a bunch of special interest folks and that is why they never deliver any good bill. Some of these politician always want something special for their own state to vote in favor of a bill and do not care if they hurt the remaining of America.

    February 13, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  6. Independent One

    Were looking for ONE American not the same partisan crap......I like this posed by Sen Reid

    February 13, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Ok- Let me get this straight- I'm sure this includes red states that have fought the stimulus all the way. They want the money- they need the money- but to quote many of them "Where's all this money coming from?" Such hypocrisy!

    February 13, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |