Pelosi Says GOP Was Treated Fairly

Posted February 11, 2009 at 6:32pm

Despite complaints about process by House Republicans who ultimately voted en bloc against their chamber’s economic stimulus legislation, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) maintained Wednesday that Democratic leaders “gave them what they wanted.” “We reached across party lines. We gave them what they wanted,” Pelosi said in an interview on CBS’ “Evening News with Katie Couric.” “They wanted certain provisions in the bill. They wanted committee hearings. … We gave them 26 hours of amendment process,” Pelosi said. “They were treated fairly in terms of process.” In the weeks leading up to the drafting of a bill, GOP leaders blasted Democrats for shutting them out of negotiations on the multibillion-dollar plan, which they say is worse off because it lacks key provisions sought by Republicans. “I’ve got to tell you that with everything I’m hearing about this so-called deal, I’m very disappointed,” House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday night. “It appears that Congressional Democrats have made a bad bill worse by reducing tax relief for working families to pay for more wasteful government spending,” Boehner said. But Pelosi told Couric that the reason many of their ideas aren’t in the bill isn’t because of partisanship. “You have to remember that we had an election and it was about a direction for our country,” the Speaker said. “This isn’t interparty bickering. This is major differences of opinion on philosophy on how our country should go forward.” Pelosi said the proposals put forward by GOP leaders were akin to the “failed Bush administration economic policies which got us where we are today. … We will not go back.” For that reason, she said, “even some of the Republicans in the House voted against the Republican proposal.”