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.
“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.”
The House Minority leader, John A. Boehner.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that House Democrats would consider Republican ideas, judging them “by their ability to create jobs, to — to help turn the economy around, to stabilize the economy, and to see how much they cost.” This is what the public is told the stimulus is needed to create jobs.
So the American public needs to know where their money is going. Some $300 billion go to shore up the budgets of states. That figure includes billions in state aid to education and such controversial pieces as millions in spending for family-planning initiatives. This will not create new jobs but Nancy Pelosi said that the assistance to states was necessary, including the family-planning funds.
Now Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said by spending 825 billion we are cutting taxes. He believed that the stimulus package would ultimately pass with “fairly strong vote across the board.” “If you notice, roughly 40 percent of this entire package is tax cuts,” “That’s not what the Democrats wanted." Hay Joe, Republicans know that. Democrats cut taxes by spending money.
The Republican plan, “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.” Now the News Media and the Democrats will say, "Who will pay for these tax cuts?" I say who will pay for this 825 billion dollar spending?
In 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. It's time that the Republicans get back to our principles and show the Democrats and the America people what we stand for. I vote we filibuster.
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