Posted by Curt on 27 January, 2009 at 9:29 am. 17 comments already!

It’s bout time the Republicans showed a bit of a backbone: (h/t Instapundit)

President Barack Obama is coming to the Capitol this afternoon to curry favor with congressional Republicans. But it appears GOP leaders have already made up their minds to oppose his $825 billion stimulus plan.

House Republican Leader John A. Boehner and his No. 2, Whip Eric Cantor, told their rank-and-file members Tuesday morning during a closed-door meeting to oppose the bill when it comes to the floor Wednesday, according to an aide familiar with the discussion. Boehner told members that he’s voting against the stimulus, and Cantor told the assembled Republicans that there wasn’t any reason for them to support the measure, according to another person in the room. Cantor and his whip team are going to urge GOP members to oppose it.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday morning that Democrats in Congress are “drifting away” from Obama’s preferred stimulus plan, which was supposed to include 40 percent tax cuts and be free of earmarks.

“Listening to what he said he wanted, we think we may be closer to that, oddly enough, than the Democratic majority, which seems to be pulling in the direction of fewer tax — less tax relief and things like fixing up the [National] Mall. You know, most people don’t think that’s the way we ought to spend stimulus money,” McConnell said.

Redstate has up the list of amendments submitted by Republicans to the bill, check out how they were received:

AUTHOR

DESCRIPTION

ACCEPTED/REJECTED

Camp Strike “Making Work Pay,” reduce the 10% and 15% individual income tax brackets to 5% and 10%, respectively, for 2009 and 2010.

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Herger Add an above-the-line deduction for heath insurance premiums

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Johnson Exempt unemployment benefits from income taxation in 2008 and 2009.

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Brady AMT Patch for 2009

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Ryan Make permanent the dividends and capital gains tax rats and index the latter for inflation.

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Linder Add a GED / training requirement for those getting extended unemployment benefits

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Brown-Waite GAO study of impact of COBRA provisions on employer costs

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Davis $7B transfer from federal to state unemployment accounts to prevent state payroll tax increases

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Reichert Prohibit HIT money from being spent until interoperability standards are in place

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Boustany Prohibiting Medicare from using comparative effectiveness research to restrict access

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Heller Extending homebuyer tax credit through 2009, allow it to be claimed by anyone purchasing a primary residence (as opposed to just first-time homebuyers), and require buyers to have at least a 5% down payment to get the credit

REJECTED
One Democrat supporting

Roskam GAO study to assess success of program in creating private sector jobs

ACCEPTED

Herger Conditions Health IT funding on providers giving patients additional price transparency

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Johnson Strikes the HIT funding provisions and replaces it with tax incentives

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Brown-Waite Remove the provision requiring states to make permanent changes to their benefit eligibility rules to be eligible for a temporary transfer of federal unemployment funds

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Davis Increase to $5,000 the cap on tax credits for individuals purchasing energy efficient property (windows, furnaces, etc)

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Boustany Strike the HIT privacy language and replace with a report

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting

Johnson Allow seniors to opt out of Part A of Medicare

REJECTED
No Democrats supporting


Yeah, judging bout how well the Democrats worked with the Republicans I can’t understand why in the world the Republicans would dismiss the bill.

That’s called the Democrat version of bipartisanship….Obama style!

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