Palin Among GOP Govs Backing Obama Plan

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2009 5:07 PM CST
Gov. Charlie Crist speaks to editors and reporters at the Associated Press annual legislative meeting, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in Tallahassee, Fla.   (Phil Coale)
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(Newser) – Most Republican governors have broken with GOP colleagues in Congress and are pushing for passage of Barack Obama's economic aid plan that would send billions to states for education, public works, and health care, the AP reports. Their state treasuries drained by the financial crisis, governors welcome the money from Capitol Hill, where GOP lawmakers are more skeptical of Obama's spending priorities.

Governors Sarah Palin, Charlie Crist, and Jim Douglas are among those urging lawmakers to support the bill. "As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Gov. Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans," a rep said. Not a single Republican voted with the majority last week when the House approved Obama's $819 billion combination of tax cuts and new spending.