Stimulus: Senate Gridlock Unless Harry Reid Gets GOP Defections

Senator Lindsey Graham said tonight that “I have the utmost respect for the president….but this stimulus bill is fundamentally flawed.”

“The bill is unfocused, not timely and not temporary.  It is an appropriator’s dream and doesn’t make enough jobs.”

In other words, it spends a lot but doesn’t give us a lot of jobs.

“I have reached across the aisle, I am for bipartisanship,” Graham said.

“That is in my nature,” Graham said.  “But the president has lost faith with the American people and now we have this….”

“Even the president can’t explain this bill to the American people.”

Senate watchers and newsmen say it is doubtful that there will be a stimulus vote in the Senate on Friday night.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying to woo three Republicans to vote for the Democrat stimulus bill; but as of 5 PM Eastern on Friday he doesn’t have the votes….

Related:
Senator Critical Of President for Not Leading on Stimulus; Calls Effort “Crazy,” Bill “Monstrosity”

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/06/sen
ate-switchboard-all-circuits-are-busy/

Harry Reid Looking for 3 GOP Votes
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200902
06/ap_on_go_co/congress_stimulus

President Barack Obama‘s massive economic recovery package teetered in the Senate Friday after hours of backroom meetings failed to produce an agreement that could attract crucial GOP votes. Meetings continued through late afternoon between Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and key Republican moderates Susan Collins of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.

Both hoped to pare back nonessential spending items in the measure, while a third moderate, Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, worked with Democrats to trim the bill’s $340 billion in tax cuts by perhaps $25 billion.

Reid suggested in a conference call with Nevada reporters that he has two GOP backers for the bill but needs at least one more because neither wants to be the crucial 60th vote if all 58 members of the Democratic caucus support Obama.

Obama kept the heat on, using his presidential megaphone — and the latest dire jobless numbers — to challenge lawmakers to act swiftly.

Democratic leaders called a late-afternoon meeting of their members to discuss the latest proposal being floated by a bipartisan group of moderate senators.

Obama sharpened his rhetoric in challenging the GOP to back the measure, arguing that last November voters rejected “partisan posturing” and “the same tried and failed approaches.”

Reid reflected the fierce sense of urgency among Democrats and the White House amid the party’s fear that Republicans were turning public opinion against the costly bill.

“The world is waiting to see what we’re going to do in the next 24 hours,” Reid said on the Senate floor, citing the bleaker economic picture.

The small group of moderates were negotiating in hopes of cutting up to $100 billion from Obama’s plan. The latest version had ballooned to $937 billion on the Senate floor, with further add-ons possible during a long day of votes Friday.

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One Response to “Stimulus: Senate Gridlock Unless Harry Reid Gets GOP Defections”

  1. Ted Says:

    No to “stimulus” bill. Here’s why:
    Since Obama’s earnest drive to convince the nation to weaken its economic strength through redistribution as well as weaken its national defense, has confirmed the very threats to our Republic’s survival that the Constitution was designed to avert, it no longer is sustainable for the United States Supreme Court and Military Joint Chiefs to refrain from exercising WHAT IS THEIR ABSOLUTE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY TO DEFEND THE NATION FROM UNLAWFUL USURPATION. The questions of Obama’s Kenyan birth and his father’s Kenyan/British citizenship (admitted on his own website) have been conflated by his sustained unwillingnes to supply his long form birth certificate now under seal, and compounded by his internet posting of a discredited ‘after-the-fact’ short form ‘certificate’. In the absence of these issues being acknowledged and addressed, IT IS MANIFEST THAT OBAMA REMAINS INELIGIBLE TO BE PRESIDENT UNDER ARTICLE 2 OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION. Being a 14th Amendment ‘citizen’ is not sufficient. A ‘President’ MUST BE an Article 2 ‘natural born citizen’ AS DEFINED BY THE FRAMERS’ INTENT.

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