Kudlow Says Stimulus Would Have Been ‘Great Start,’ Tells Democrats You Can’t Have ‘Everything’

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow doesn’t understand why Democrats didn’t support the GOP-backed economic relief plan, saying it could have been a great starting point for helping Americans in need.



Lawrence Kudlow wearing a suit and tie: Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House on September 2, in Washington, D.C. On Friday, Kudlow said the Republican-backed stimulus bill would have been a "great start" and criticized Democrats for blocking it in the Senate on Thursday.


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Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House on September 2, in Washington, D.C. On Friday, Kudlow said the Republican-backed stimulus bill would have been a “great start” and criticized Democrats for blocking it in the Senate on Thursday.

Kudlow told reporters outside the White House that he gave “kudos” to the “unified GOP” in the Senate for voting in favor of a bill that would have helped the economy. The bill, which was a slimmed-down version of the Republicans’ July proposal, was defeated in the Senate by eight votes, with every Democrat voting against it.

Kudlow said that “$500 billion, it would be

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