From ABC News:
The $819 billion stimulus bill passed the House 244 to 188, but not a single Republican voted for it. Eleven Democrats broke with their party and voted against the stimulus.But it's not going to do that. It will pour money into things like ACORN and pay more of my money to those who don't pay taxes. It's spending huge amounts on state projects like public works and school construction, neither of which are bad things, but they're not federal responsibilities.
"I am grateful to the House of Representatives for moving the American Recovery and Reinvestment plan forward today," Obama said in a written statement released after the vote.
His statement didn't mention the failure to win Republican votes, but added, "What we can't do is drag our feet or allow the same partisan differences to get in our way. We must move swiftly and boldly to put Americans back to work, and that is exactly what this plan begins to do."
Obama did invite some Republicans over to the White House for drinks...I guess he was trying to get them drunk enough to vote for this Soviet-style, steal from the hard working, socialist travesty. As for the Democrats that broke ranks, good on them. It's good to see that not everyone has been drinking the kool-aid recently. Of course now, the Senate bill is even larger. It's approaching $900 billion or pork, payouts and handouts.
"The president was clear that he was going to continue to reach out to us, continue to listen to our ideas and I think we have to remember we're at the beginning of this process," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, told "Good Morning America" today.While I am glad there were no Republican votes for this thing in the House, the tone that Boehner is setting is a little disturbing. Kind of like a kid who REALLY want's his dad to pay attention and is excited at any little chance of it. House Republicans stood up, and that is exactly what we need in the face of this kind of legislation. Now let's see how the Senators do.
Those comments marked a softer tone from Tuesday morning, when Boehner and other Republican leaders tried to head off Obama's lobbying efforts by calling on Republicans to oppose the stimulus plan even before the president had met with them.
But Republicans came out of their meeting with Obama full of praise for his willingness to listen to them. And in the evening, Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel invited a group of Republican congressmen to a White House sit-down.
In addition, Obama leaned on Democratic leaders to withdraw two elements of the stimulus bill that had been ridiculed by Republicans -- an expansion of family planning funds for poor families and $200 million to resod the National Mall in Washington.
Those gestures haven't translated into votes by House Republicans, who applaud the bill's $300 billion in tax cuts, but object to much of the $500 billion meant to be spent on public works projects.
"What we're concerned about, some of the spending in this bill has nothing to do with creating jobs or preserving jobs," Boehner told "GMA."
"The bill that'll be on the floor today is a bill that has too much wasteful spending ... and buries our kids and grandkids under a mountain of debt," he said.