Republicans push for changes in stimulus bill, then don't support it

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Senate Democrats advanced the $800 billion plus stimulus bill yesterday, but just three Republicans voted for the bill in a procedural vote, and no additional Republican support is expected in the final vote today. Even though they don't support the bill, Republican Senators pushed for many changes in it. Takeaway Correspondent Andrea Bernstein and Susanna Capelouto, News Director of Georgia Public Broadcasting, join Todd and Katherine to talk through why that might be.

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Guests:

Andrea Bernstein and Susanna Capelouto

Hosted by:

Katherine Lanpher and Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

Nadia Zonis

Comments [2]

G. Goodman

I am sure the good people of Georgia will understand when, on behalf of the state, he respectfully refuses 1.28 bil in state stabilization funds, 1.01 bil for highways and bridges, 168 mil for transit capital grants, 97.8 mil in environment grants, 420 mil for Title I, 330 mil for special education, $400 per worker in refundable tax credits and an assortment of other tax credits for individuals.

Atlanta currently rates #3 in the country in vacant housing and their unemployment rate is at 8.1 percent. I think that despite those numbers, the state should rally around the senator they elected and stand fast in refusing this assistance. After all, it would be the height of hypocrisy to accept the assistance when they are so deeply convinced that it is the wrong tack.

All the more for the rest of us...

Feb. 17 2009 12:46 PM
Don Palmer

I only want to observe that the Georgia Senator says that they need no stimulus support for his state. Maybe he thinks that shoddy oversight of a peanut processing plant in his home state is just fine. Since his state seemed to lack the funds to do its diligence on behalf of the FDA, we have a nationwide salmonella outbreak from peanut butter. I am not certain what he thinks is worth financing.

Feb. 10 2009 05:02 PM

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