Seven Democratic Members of the House of representatives and all Republican House members voted against the Obama economic stimulus today.
Obama Dead Wrong On Stimulus in Peoria, Caterpillar Remarks
Eleven Democratic members of the House voted against the stimulus in the previous vote.
“This is a bad bill; it won’t stimulate jobs and revive the economy, it only adds spending and debt,” said one senior Republican.
President Obama said the stimulus “will ignite recovery.”
Well, that depends upon what your mean by “ignite,” most analysts say.
It will probaably take more than one year to see any stimulative impact, economists predict.
The Republicans must have put some pressure on House members such as Joseph Cao from Louisiana, who said they might vote with the Democrats on the stimulus….No Republicans joined the Democrats in the stimulus vote….
Senator Lindsey Graham called the bill “an orgy of public spending.”
By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press Writer
The bill was passed 246-183 with no Republican help. It now goes to the Senate where a vote was possible late Friday to meet a deadline of passing the plan before a recess begins next week.
All but seven Democrats voted for the bill — a 1,071 page, 8-inch-thick measure that combines $281 billion in tax cuts for individuals and businesses with more than a half-trillion dollars in government spending. The money would go for infrastructure, health care and help for cash-starved state governments, among scores of programs. Seniors would get a $250 bonus Social Security check.
Obama claims the plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs, but Republicans said it won’t work because it has too little in tax cuts and spreads too much money around to everyday projects like computer upgrades for federal agencies.
“This legislation falls woefully short,” said House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “With a price tag of more than $1 trillion when you factor in interest, it costs every family almost $10,000 in added debt. This is an act of generational theft that our children and grandchildren will be paying for far into the future.”
“This measure is not bipartisan. It contains much that is not stimulative,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Obama’s rival for the White House. “And is nothing short — nothing short — of generational theft” since it burdens future generations with so much debt, he added.
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From ABC News
“This debate is coming to an end and it really never started,” complained Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., referring to the short amount of time they had to review the bill, which was only posted around 11 p.m. Thursday.
Speaking to reporters after House voted, an exultant House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hailed the passage of the stimulus as “transformational for our country.” Surrounded by her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi thanked Obama for his efforts in the stimulus bill.
“He did something faster than any other president in history. … I salute him for his leadership,” Pelosi said.
Instead of voting for the gargantuan package of tax cuts and public works spending, key Republicans made last ditch speeches denouncing the bill. Seven Democrats also voted against it.
“It’s disappointing the way this process has worked, and the outcome,” House Minority Leader John Boehner, waving the bulky report in his hands, said on the House floor before the vote. “Bad process leads to bad policy and that’s what we have in my view. … I hope it works but I surely have my doubts. … This is the epitome of what I came here to stop.”
“I’m going to vote no and I’m going to hope that next time. … You’ll include us and you’ll include our ideas,” the Ohio Republican said, clearly addressing Democratic leaders.
Many Republicans consider the fight over stimulus to be lost.
Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., who represents the town of Peoria, Ill., where the president touted the stimulus Thursday, said employees from Caterpillar asked him to oppose the bill.
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