February 13th, 2009
03:22 PM ET
5 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. susan

    It is actually good thing that he withdrew for the following reasons:

    1. He actually wanted to ban the Dept of Commerce.
    2) This guy is not a friend of the common man. "He has been a champion of eliminating any limits on H-1B "guest worker" visas, telling Microsoft's Bill Gates in 2007 that he "agreed 100 percent" that there should be no limits on them. Gregg acknowledged that his colleagues would not be inclined to support such a radical proposal; he introduced legislation last year raising the limit on H-1B "guest worker" visas from 65,000 to 115,000 and the advanced-degree exemption to 30,000 visas for the next three years. ".
    3) He proposed a total global ban on secure encryption right after 9/11. Such mandates would come under Dept of Commerce.

    February 13, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  2. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Of course he will. Would we democrats expect anything else from a diehard republican? PLUS, the fact that he got cought with his true face hanging out in the cabinet position he turned down. That would make it a double reason to figure he would vote against anything democrat.
    He really planned on doing a karl rove/george bush number on the democrats and the census and before he got found out and the census taken away from him .... OUCH.... Time to exit right for the two faced skunk... So of course he's going to vote against anything Obama/democrat...

    February 13, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Susan in NC

    Gregg is a Republican "puppet: and a coward - good riddance!

    February 13, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  4. fatima

    As someone pointed out that this could politics as usual, or he couldn't handle the pressure and/or the threat from the Right. But, you don't walk away after accepting the position. That shows lack of back-bone, and lack of credibility. He should have thought through all the issues before accepting the position. He is not a guy right out of school to say I was misled.

    February 13, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  5. judy

    Republicans,................... party first.................. country last!!!

    February 13, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. mw

    Gregg afraid not to follow Rush's orders.

    February 13, 2009 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Maryann

    Wow ! Sure is a lot of hoopla over the census–Hum–maybe Gregg wanted the job to "protect" the census--OH OH -- Could this be ANOTHER republican coverup about to be uncovered.

    February 13, 2009 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. HT

    This guy is a joke. First he solicits this cabinet position, pledging bi-partisanship, then a week later he decides that he is opposed to the president's views? Sounds like he was strong armed by the Republican base. Oh well, good riddance to another disingenuous politician trying to save his butt.

    February 13, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  9. Jennifer

    I'm from New Hampshire and thank Judd Gregg for taking a stand against this stimulus package. I think he tried to compromise because he knows how important it is to get things done regardless of party affiliation. However, as someone who owns a business myself, I see some serious problems with this so-called "economic" stimulus package myself. I think we definitely need job creation and strategies and incentives to stimulate the economy, but the bill, in its present format, will unfortunately not do this as the public-at-large wants to beleive. I know there are many who will dispute my statement and they have the right to their opinion but time will tell, anyway.

    February 13, 2009 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. John L in StL Mo.

    This invertabrant had the chance to be apart of something meaningful instead he chose to be the fat , ugly girl at the dance he needs to resign so that a true citizen can step foward and serve the people.

    February 13, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  11. Daniel, Atlanta, GA

    Let him go, Mr. President!

    February 13, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. OH Happy Day

    Judd Gregg can see Russia from his House .....You Betcha!!!

    February 13, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
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