February 13th, 2009
03:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Gregg to vote against stimulus bill

Gregg is opposed to Obama's first major piece of legislation.
Gregg is opposed to Obama's first major piece of legislation.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Republican Sen. Judd Gregg is putting a final exclamation point on his withdrawal as Barack Obama’s designee for Commerce Secretary with a promise to vote against the president’s economic stimulus package.

Gregg’s office confirmed the decision Friday.

The New Hampshire senator cited the stimulus package as a primary reason for backing out of the job offer, calling the bill and potential changes to Census oversight “irresolvable conflicts for me.”

“We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy,” Gregg said in a statement Thursday.

The House approved the stimulus plan Friday afternoon, and a Senate vote is expected later in the day. Two weeks ago, Gregg voted against the Senate version of the bill.

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  1. ben

    Enough with Gregg!

    February 13, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. Will-South Dakota

    Of course he's going to vote no, he's a sheep.

    February 13, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. AEK

    I'm sorry, Judd, your fifteen minutes were up when you bailed out after lying to the President.

    February 13, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. change in America

    The Republican got to be voted out the office I am American who need help badly...........2010 will come quick I will vote for demoncrate


    February 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Beverly, NYC

    Really? I'm shocked !!

    February 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Steve

    It's very clear what's going on here. The Republicans are underlining their complete disconnect with the American people. By being obstructionist, they are allowing thousands more people to lose their jobs and their homes. The reason that Judd ACTUALLY withdrew is because by becoming the Secretary of Commerce, he leaves his Senate seat open to very likely be filled by a Democrat, making the Democratic majority one step closer to filibuster-proof legislation. He was, at one time very excited to be considered for the Secretary of Commerce. It's obvious that the party leadership has demanded he toe the obstructionist line. Very sad, very sad. 2010 can't get here soon enough. Buh Bye!!

    February 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Jon


    February 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. s


    grow a spine and stand up for the american people! the people who voted for you... the ones suffering!

    what a shame

    February 13, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. G.O.P.: When you got nothing, You got nothing to lose

    When the stimulus works and the economy starts its strong comeback in early 2010, the Amercia people will remember who supported the President and who remained mired in the tired ideas of tax cuts for the wealthy, unbridled corporate greed and irresponsibile economic dogma.

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  10. gl, Pittsburgh

    He is not for the country and let the evil Taliban Republicans talk him down. It is scared of the Taliban Repulicans becaseu they will stop at nothing to destroy any body that get in there way. President Obama just more on with out the TALIBAN REPULICANS EVIL ONES!

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |

    Gregg, Please just go away.... You serve no purpose because you can't think for yourself.....

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Stupid is as stupid does!

    What an intellectually bankrupt dolt!

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Good excellent! Now, Obie, please take out all traces of tax cuts for big corporations that do not deserve it. Tax cuts will not help.

    February 13, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Proud Yankee

    I'm glad that right winger backed out and he's not running for reelection. he's basically an eco-terrorist .. his environmental record is deplorable. A visit to his district in norther New Hampshire will reveal the worst of the worst when it comes to logging practices. Complete liquidation of tens of thousands of acres of land. Before getting whacked, many of those lands were aerial spayed with pesticides and herbicides. It's a waste land up there.

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Deborah


    You are in touch with the people!

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. suz

    Gee this comes as such a surprise ! Perhaps Mr. Gregg should have carefully thought through his decision when he sought out and said yes to the postion of Commerce Secretary. Additionally, one wonders how much pressure he is under from the GOP to vote no and to withdraw. If he had not, perhaps he would no longer be a member of the "club".

    Just remmeber NH went blue this election and more states that were once red are thinking blue. Why... because the actions of the GOP over the last several years have left many disillusioned and wondering why we should trust anything from the GOP>

    This from an independent now turning democrat...One that has voted on both sides of the aisle in elections. However I will be hard pressed to trust anything the GOP party does from now on and I have been voting for 27 years.

    Suz, Western NY

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  17. New Yorker

    The country is more divided than ever because of Obama's election and folly since being elected. He and the liberal democrats have a different set of views on many critical items not just with Gregg but with almost 50% of the American people. Gregg was wise to back away from Obama before it was too late.

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    One comment--–30 pieces of silver.

    February 13, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Phil

    Please remove this ungracious guy .

    February 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Leslie

    Why should Obama even care about selfish right? (Gregg, etc.)

    February 13, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. John, Brooklyn, New York

    Its very unfortunate that New Hampshire is being represented by such a disingenuous senator. President Obama's point of view on economic stimulus was clearly a matter of public record dating back to the campaign. Gregg had plenty of time and information to "soul search" and determine whether he could align himself with the new administration. Instead of graciously declining – he wavered, equivocated, pouted, and now is apparently vocally opposing the president who he was praising just days ago.

    Sadly this is a clear illustration of how New Hamshire should be skeptical of both Gregg's integrity and his judgement.

    February 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. yuri

    Bravado, Mr. Gregg I extol your faithful adherence to toe the GOP line. We have a lot of words for your handsome personality beginning with thw letter "W". Weasel, worm, whiner, whimp, and wen ( a form of sebacious cyst growing on the body).

    February 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Gerry

    This is hilarious. The only reason Gregg wanted the Commerce secretary post is so he'd have responsibility for the census and do the same things with the census the GOP have been doing for years-disenfranchising voters.

    President Obama saw through this charade and took the census responsibility back and all of a sudden Gregg resigned the post-what a surprise.

    I"ve never seen a political party so prepared to do anything to win like the GOP, lying and cheating is normal for them. They're pathetic.

    February 13, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. Deb

    Good you are not needed!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Megan-NH

    The people of NH are so mad.....We are going to ship this guy to Alaska!

    February 13, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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