“President Obama is making a real effort to make sure this is a bipartisan product,” said Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. “I know that we don’t have as many Republican votes as we would like but I can tell you the Republicans have added to the package. When you take a look at — which will pass in the Senate, it is balanced between tax cuts and investments, so this is a bipartisan product and takes time to develop.”
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said if Obama really wanted to be bipartisan, he would listen to Republicans who insist that more money is needed on freeing up credit spending and helping the housing market than on government funding for state programs and other aid.
“What I object to this about is the disconnect between what the president is saying and proposing and what we’re doing. I mean they’re saying, ‘We won the election. We’ll write the bill,’” said Alexander, one of six Senate Republicans to vote for the second half of a $350 billion bailout for financial institutions now being distributed by the administration.
“They’re borrowing $1 trillion and spending it. … I don’t remember (Obama) promising to borrow $1 trillion and spend it on projects that mostly don’t stimulate us. …
“President Obama can pass the bill with this tone and legislation but it will make for a less successful presidency and he’ll have a really hard time when he gets to banks, more housing, entitlement, health care. This is not bipartisan working across party lines to exchange ideas and get results,” he added.