Transport Sec to Fellow GOPers: C'mon, Ride the Stimulus Train

But McCain wonders where bipartisanship is
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2009 10:40 AM CST
Larry Summers went on "This Week" to talk about the bailout, and explain that his colleague Tim Geithner's speech outlining the plan will be postponed until Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Talk of the economic stimulus package dominated the morning shows today, with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a Republican, promising on State of the Union that the stimulus bill won't come with any earmarks or "boondoggles," the Chicago Tribune reports. LaHood said that he had tried to get his former colleagues to vote for the bill, but "obviously, I wasn't very persuasive."

Elsewhere on the Sunday circuit:

  • On Face the Nation, John McCain said Democrats have been no more open to input than Republicans were during the Bush administration. The Arizona senator favors a stimulus plan about half as large as the Dems' $820 billion plan.
  • Senators from both parties have objections to the bill, they said on Meet the Press. Barney Frank opposes cuts to police funding, and Republican leadership wants more tax cuts.
  • On This Week, Larry Summers gave a preview of the bailout plan, which will include as much as $100 million "directed at the housing sector."