GOP Leaders Doubt Stimulus Bill Will Pass Senate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- With the Senate taking up an economic stimulus package this week, Democrats and Republicans are disagreeing over its merits on the Sunday talk shows.

Republicans suggest overhauling the proposal because they say it won't pump enough into the private sector through tax cuts while allowing Democrats to go on a spending spree unlikely to jolt the economy.

Democrats defend the almost $819 billion version of President Barack Obama's stimulus plan. They say the unrelentingly bleak economic news demands action.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tells CBS he doubts the Senate will pass the bill, contending that Democrats as well as Republicans are uneasy with it.

But Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin says on "Fox News Sunday," "We cannot delay this ... We've got to pull together."

The Democrats say they are willing to listen to Republican proposals.

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  • by Martinez Location: Southside on Feb 4, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    Wow Kev, that was almost word for word out of an episode of the Rush Limbaugh comedy hour. You highlighted "temporary government jobs",which we all know there is n such thing. Gov jobs are permanent, or contracted. Bush gave the illusion of decreasing Govt jobs, and saving money by hiring contractors to do the work, which still cost the same. I blame him for all our troubles for the simple fact he was in charge when it all happened. Rule #1 of being the leader: Everything is your fault!
  • by Kev Location: Cripple Creek on Feb 1, 2009 at 08:58 PM
    where to begin , where to begin. while i'll agree that there is an urgency to do something this is not the answer, unless you believe and want more govermental control over your life. i have actually taken the time to look over this bill(all 647 pages)and it reads more like an overstuffed pork filled budget than a stimulus bill. most of this money is going into either maintaining or creating goverment programs. aside from the fact it will create some TEMPORARY GOVERMENT jobs. its not doing an awfull lot for the general public. Then theres the matter that most of this money wont be spent for nearly a year and a half(right about election time)so what good does it do us now. and although the dems say they'll listen to the gop's ideas that doesn't mean they'll act on them. and while you think the last eight years sucked i hate to tell you but the next four aint shaping up to be much better. but thats okay cause when this plan fails it'll just be dumped on bush's shoulders like allways
  • by Jon Location: Colo Springs on Feb 1, 2009 at 02:17 PM
    This is why we voted the GOP out! They just don't understand the urgency of the problems for most "normal" people in this country. After a dismal presidency, they would rather continue to play partisan politics while the economy continues to slide.
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