Republicans Plan to Reject Obama Stimulus Unless Changes Adopted

Today on Fox News Sunday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that he would not support the stimulus plan in its current form. With the help of host Chris Wallace, McCain criticized infrastructure spending, specifically singling out a plan to expand internet access to rural communities:

MCCAIN: There’s got to be some kind of litmus as to whether it’ll really stimulate the economy and whether it will in the short-term. Some of the stimulus in this package is excellent; some of it, frankly, has nothing to do — some of the projects and others that you just mentioned, $6 billion for broadband and internet access. That will take years.

McCain Transcript:
http://www.foxnews.com/story
/0,2933,482749,00.html

Barack Obama honors Sen. John McCain at a dinner on January 19 in Washington.

Barack Obama honors Sen. John McCain at a dinner on January 19 in Washington.

McCain Video:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/vide
o_log/2009/01/mccain_on_fox_ne
ws_sunday.html

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Republicans plan to test President Barack Obama’s commitment to bipartisanship as his $825 billion stimulus package heads to the floor of the House of Representatives this week, with the House Republican leader saying Sunday morning that many in his party will vote no unless there are significant changes to the plan.

By Sharon Otterman
The New York Times

“Right now, given the concerns that we have over the size of this package and all of the spending in this package, we don’t think it’s going to work,” the House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And so if it’s the plan that I see today, put me down in the no column.”

Related:
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While the plan can potentially pass the Democratic-dominated House without Republican support, it will continue to face opposition when it comes before the Senate, said Senator John McCain of Arizona, speaking on “Fox News Sunday.” At least two Republicans will need to approve the bill for a filibuster-proof majority vote of 60.

 

The House Minority leader, John A. Boehner, discussed President Obama’s proposed stimulus package on “Meet the Press” on Sunday.  Phote: Alex Wong/”Meet the Press,” via Getty Images

Senator McCain, who lost the presidential election to Mr. Obama in November, said that he planned to vote no unless the bill were changed.

“We need to make tax cuts permanent, and we need to make a commitment that there’ll be no new taxes,” Mr. McCain said. “We need to cut payroll taxes. We need to cut business taxes.”

“We need to have a commitment that after a couple of quarters of G.D.P. growth that we will embark on a path,” he said about the gross domestic product, “to reduce spending to get our budget in balance.”

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/26/us/p
olitics/26talkshow.html?_r=1&hp

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CNN Said:

Negotiations are set to continue this week, as the House is expected to hold a vote on its stimulus plan on Wednesday. The Senate is set to begin its deliberation over its stimulus proposal, after announcing its own plan on Friday.

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01
/26/mccain.obama/index.html

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