Schock not happy with economic stimulus bill

DeWayne Bartels
Aaron Schock (R) is the U.S. Rep. for the 18th Congressional District.

Moments ago during a conference call with reporters 18th District Congressman Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) said he will be voting against the proposed economic stimulus bill when it comes up for a vote tomorrow.

Schock's decision follows a meeting of House Republicans with the president this morning. Schock said he left the meeting with the president encouraged.

"I was very encouraged by the spirit in the room," he said.

The president, he said, asked Republicans to make proposals for the bill that include tax breaks and help for small businesses.

"That was music to the ears of my Republican colleagues," he said.

However, there is an air of discouragement as well, Schock said. And, that comes largely from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D).

Schock said the stimulus bill contains more than 200 amendments. Pelosi said the bill will come up for a vote with no amendments and no debate.

Schock laughed when asked if it appeared to him that President Obama was getting along better with Republicans than the leadership in his own party.

"That's a good question. We will see. Time will tell," he said.

Schock said he cannot support the bill because only 8 percent of the money would be spent on infrastructure projects.

"This is a great disservice," Schock said, because he said he feels the majority of the money will be spent on expanding the size of the federal government.

"We're not very hopeful this bill will do what I and those at home expect it to do," Schock said.

Schock said he expects the bill to pass because, he said, he does not believe Pelosi would bring forward a bill she does not have the votes to pass.