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. political junkie

    THE REPUBLICANS MUST REALLY HAVE A LOT TO HIDE!!

    HOW COULD YOU LIVE TO ONLY HAVE ONE OPINION, AND SEE THE COUNRTY AND THE WORLD ONE WAY!!

    NONE OF THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER RUN FOR PRESIDENT, BECAUSE, VOTERS COULD SUDDENLY DEVELOPE A ONE MINDED VOTED!!!

    THEY HAVE ALREADY MORTGAGED OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN'S FUTURE AND COMMITED GENERATION THEFT BY STARTING THE WAR IN IRAQ!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. political junkie

    THE REPUBLICANS MUST REALLY HAVE A LOT TO HIDE!!

    HOW COULD YOU LIVE TO ONLY HAVE ONE OPINION, AND SEE THE COUNRTY AND THE WORLD ONE WAY!!

    NONE OF THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER RUN FOR PRESIDENT, BECAUSE, VOTERS COULD SUDDENLY DEVELOPE A ONE MINDED VOTE!!!

    THEY HAVE ALREADY MORTGAGED OUR CHILDREN AND GRAND CHILDREN'S FUTURE AND COMMITED GENERATION THEFT BY STARTING THE WAR IN IRAQ!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. averiel

    Will somebody please let the president know we respect him The GOP only care about the party instead of the people. John McCain the beer rich , kept man, old boy toy of the past is not interested in the working man's plight. His Goal is of politically sconed bitter loser will do what ever he can ,just for the sake of playing with our lives.

    February 13, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. susan

    I am not surprised he is a Republican. They vote against anything to help the American people that are poor. They only help the rich.

    February 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. obama-mama

    Repubs are extinct. Go away

    February 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. republicans hate america

    thats because he is like the other republicans that hate this country. and so much for tax cuts they took $100 off the original amount of $500 per person. thats because tax cuts only get support from the GOP if its for foreign companies like haliburton.

    February 13, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Bonita

    If I were President Obama, I would forget about trying to extend my hand out to them anymore. He has over and over again tried to include them in his administration, stimulus input, etc, but they just want to be difficult and stuck in the past of politics that do nothing, but help us stay in the hole. As I said before, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

    February 13, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. CLYDE

    I'M SO GLAD THE WHIMP IS GONE! COULDN'T TAKE THE PRESSURE

    February 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Angie in Pa

    The Republicans are functioning From Rush Limbaughs Point Of View!

    February 13, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. JoAnn

    Whatever....vote as you may...the majority of Americans are behind Obama....Take lessons you haters and see how this African American President gets this country back on its feet.....

    February 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Deborah

    "You are in touch with the people!"

    Correction, I meant:

    You are in touch with the idiotic people!

    Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

    Signed, the idiots!

    February 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. kayla

    he better do what papa rush tells him to do, or else?

    February 13, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Bubba

    We don't need a Commerce Sec'y who takes orders from Rush Limbaugh.

    February 13, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Denver Dem

    What a loser, has the opportunity to do some good, but bails out b/c the GOP/ REPUBLI KLANS, tells him they can't chance losing the senate seat. Good OLe boy politics at best. I hope the People in his district vote him out for a Democrat and this idiot can see he pissed away a great opportunity.

    February 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. Wolf-Woman Palin Charlotte, NC

    One thing you can count on... he will run again. Stimulus bill and census, my rear, the RUSHlicans got after him and he canned!

    He will run again and he is now a RUSH hero. For his bravery, he will receive 27 prescriptions, all from diferent Doctors, of pain pills.

    February 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Cruzan Obama Mama

    This just proves to me that the Repubs are not willing to put politics aside to solve this or any problem. He begged for the Sec. of Commerce job and now is caving because he is being isolated and pressured by the people in his own party. They were screaming for bipartisanship, but now want to focus on making obstacles instead of solutions. Great work Repubs!!!!!!

    This is the way to help all Americans.....keep up the good working in delaying progresss.

    February 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Richard Neffson

    On CNBC just over a week ago Senator Gregg came out strongly for the stimulus package, but now he is againist it. Senator Gregg must be windsurfing with Senator John Kerry.

    February 13, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    Judas in the house!

    February 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. bill

    who the hell cares how gregg will vote on stimules.obama should just say either get on the train or get the hell out of the way.AMERICA HAS VOTED.DO YOU HEAR THAT CNN. AMERICA MATTERS.

    February 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. John in KY

    What a gold digger this Senator is!!

    February 13, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Bankrupt in Tx

    Was GREGG not aware of Obama's policies when he CAMPAIGNED for the job of Commerce Secy? I guess GREGG is not Mr. Bi-Partisan after all. Obama will never be able to please the hard-right Repuglican partisans who will obstruct any idea proposed by Obama even if it is an idea they previously supported.

    February 13, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. You know the Republican party is toxic when ... Palin bails on NRCC & CPAC

    We already knew that. Thanks for the reminder, CNN, and all your stir-up-the-controversy, hard-hitting, keeping them honest "news".

    February 13, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Chris, Albany, NY

    It's not suprising, he's not going to run again anyways. Why should he support it, he's not commin back. Even if he was running for re-election the people would boot him out on his @$$ for not supporting it or the country! He's a red in a blue, blue state.

    February 13, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. Sharon - NC

    So he gets the honor of being asked to serve in a President's cabinet, and he sells out just in the nick of time to vote with all of the other out-of-touch Republicans against a stimulus plan\?. Isn't that honorable and patriotic. I don't think he has to worry about not running next time, and somehow I doubt he has mirrors in his home or office out of fear of looking in one. Sad to sell yourself like that.

    February 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. elsie

    He is lying. He is neck deep in the Abramoff scandel.

    February 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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