Senate GOP's 'Stimulus Plan' Costs 3.5 Times as Much as Obama's
This morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that President ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recovery package, priced at roughly $819 billion, is too expensive. GOP Ã¢â‚¬Å“membersÃ¢â‚¬Â believe that they can pass a Ã¢â‚¬Å“very robustÃ¢â‚¬Â stimulus at a cheaper price, he said:
Most of my members believe that we could pass a very robust stimulus for less than the amount currently before us. We have been throwing figures around like it was paper money. We are already looking at, before we even do this, at over a trillion dollar deficit for this year. We all agree that we need to do something, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think we should not just completely act like the amount is irrelevant.
But McConnellÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cheaper plan doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exist. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) is pushing the Senate GOPÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s only alternative, Ã¢â‚¬Å“American Option: A Jobs Plan That Works.Ã¢â‚¬Â A new Wonk Room analysis finds that DeMintÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s plan will cost $3.1 trillion over ten years, more than 3.5 times the cost of ObamaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s: