Pelosi, Boehner Reaffirm Positions on Stimulus

Posted January 25, 2009 at 11:24am

Days before the House is scheduled to vote on an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, House leaders on both sides of the debate took to the Sunday talk shows to reinforce positions that they laid out last week.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that Republicans had input in the committees and that their allegations of being left out of the legislative process were unfounded.

“[W]e voted for some of their amendments in the committees that had the markups the day before yesterday and this week,” Pelosi said. Democrats would consider some GOP ideas, judging them on their “ability to create jobs, to help turn the economy around, to stabilize the economy and to see how much they cost,” she said. Meanwhile, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not directly respond when asked whether the stimulus package would pass without Republican votes, but he said that he would vote against it in it’s current form.

”I think a lot of Republicans will vote ‘no’ because they see this as a lot of wasteful Washington spending padding the bureaucracy and doing nothing to create jobs and preserve jobs,” he said.

Pelosi told Stephanopoulus that whether or not Republican ideas were included in the stimulus, it is Democrats who were ultimately responsible if the package works or fails.

“We have a lot riding on it. I don’t want to have a legislation that is used to — as an engine for people to put on things that are not going to do what we are setting out to do, which is to turn this economy around,” Pelosi said. “I have the most to prove with this package, by the way … the choices we are making are those that will work, that must work. Our economy requires it. America’s families need it. This is urgent.”

On “Meet the Press,” Boehner stressed that there remain real differences between the two sides on stimulus legislation, noting that there is “no real daylight” between President Barack Obama and the Republicans on the Hill for a plan to jump-start the economy.

House Republicans will meet with Obama at the White House on Tuesday to again present their ideas for the stimulus package.

“We made it clear, we want to work with the new president,” Boehner said. “This isn’t about Democrats and Republicans at this point. We have serious problems in this economy,” he said. “We want him to succeed.”