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. Jan in CA

    The Republicans don't seem to want Obama to succeed even if it means the country fails. Too bad because this is no small issue. If the American Economy fails the world is going to see a collaps like nothing we have ever known. The Republicans should give up worry about trying to be "Right" and instead team up to help make this situation better for everyone.

    February 13, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. Soccer Nana

    Who cares what Gregg does? He is back in his comfort zone; so be it. Snakes can only slither; no matter how hard you try, they cannot be trained to walk upright.

    February 13, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Of course he is....the Republicans suffer from the worse case of political entrenchment ever seen. Their "my way or no way" ideological stubbornness is both infuriating and amusing. They are probably praying that the stimulus is a complete failure so they can holler "told you so", even as our country plummets even further into the ditch they dug for us. How they can rant about "fiscal responsibility" and our children's debt after what they've done for 8 years is simply beyond comprehension. 2010 may be prove to be their undoing...and I'll be working hard to see that result.

    February 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. Mary

    Big surprise! I guess Sen. Gregg did the right thing in withdrawing from consideration for Commerce Secretary. It appears that he cannot break ranks with the right instead of setting aside politics and working to address the problems at hand. Nothing about President Obama suggests he wants only "yes" men/women around him but if Republicans can't set aside their differences and work with the President, the American people won't be well served. We need people who are willing to work for solutions not just pander to their base.

    February 13, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. frank , pennsylvania

    He is actually out of touch with the people. He may be in touch with his fellow republicans, who have remained out of touch with the people under the false pretence of protecting the country from turning into a socialist state. The republicans don't really care for the ordinary americans – who they merely use as tools to achieve their selfish goal!

    February 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. hadelaide

    So what else is new? He voted against the SCHIP bill and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This is the same senator who, when Pres. Obama nominated him for the commerce post, said "You've outlined an extraordinarily bold and aggressive, effective and comprehensive plan for how we can get this country moving". "This is not a time for partisanship. This is not a time when we should stand in our ideological corners and shout at each other. This is a time to govern and govern well." Wake me when he grows some balls.

    February 13, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. Alicia

    @ Deborah you have sooooo much to be proud of. This guy 'asked' to be the Commerce Secretary. Gregg asked.

    The Republican Trojan Horse. He was going to fix the census.

    Gregg has gone public saying it was his fault.

    February 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. Ryan

    This guy will be replaced by a Democrat or Independent next election.

    February 13, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  9. Emma, San Jose

    When GOP members like Gregg say they want it their way or the highway, they are perpetuating the old, proven way to harm this country.

    February 13, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Don

    He's not in touch with this person.

    February 13, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Marc

    We've spent several decades over spending (at the personal level) and not saving. People are in houses they can't really afford, driving luxury cars they can't really affort; they stopped saving and financed everything on credit. Sometimes high interest (or adjustable) credit. Our government has done the same thing – funding everything every congressman has ever wanted, regardless of how useless it is for the country. Now the economic stimulus package will also be funded by .... Loans! The goverment (meaning "we the people" because the government only has money because they tax us to get it) does not have enough money to pay for these packages. It has to borrow the money. From where? Good question. China has cash (few other countries do) but has problems of its own now. It may well not loan us this money. The alternative will be to simply print more money – we've done it before. That dilutes the value of the money (you're still only worth what you're worth) and starts the cycle of high inflation – a cycle that is hard to stop. The more I look at it the more I think this economic stimulus package is a bad idea. We've screwed up. I think we should correct this the hard way: by allowing some companies to fail and reorganize. And letting some people lose the houses and automobiles that they never really should have purchased. Cut out the cancer and start healing the country. Don't just shake a bunch of antibiotics on the wound and probably make it even worse. We have to fix the source of the problem at this point and then start rebuilding. Surgery then heal. And certainly the pork that has been added to the package is another good indication that we going the wrong way (again).

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Leslie February 13th, 2009 3:27 pm ET

    Why should Obama even care about selfish right? (Gregg, etc.)
    =================================================
    Maybe because they are AMERICANS. Are you saying that Obama should only care about democrats. Oh I forgot only republicans are thugs. Right?

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. Jim Doyle

    Good riddance to bad rubbish! Obama needs to forget about bipartisanship and tell the Repugs to go to hell! All of them!

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Jaime

    Greg, give up the lame excuse of "we couldn't see eye to eye on our ideology", it's crap!

    Everyone knows that Obama is striving to create an administration of people who don't always agree with him. He doesn't want to surround himself with "yes men/women" he wants people who will challenge him and help him come to the best, most well rounded and thought out decisions.

    So Gregg leaving because "they don't agree" is a pathetic facade to cover up the real reason which is Gregg caved into GOP pressure to not help this president in anyway, especially in terms of showing him as Bi-partisan.

    The GOP is stupid enough to believe that if Gregg pulls out then they can run around calling Obama out on how "partisan" he is is and how he claims to have 3 republicans in his cabinet but "he lied!"....pathetic.

    Most everyone sees this for what it is, another stunt from the GOP to damage Obama and bring scandal to his presidency. but it wont work. American's aren't that dumb.

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. V

    You Coward!

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. SHADOW CABINT....?

    WELL LETS SEE CNN IS PRES OBAMAS' SHADOW CABINET WITH

    WOLF BLITZER, SECRETARY OF THE SITUATION ROOM. WITH HIS

    BEST POLITICAL TEAM IN CHARGE OF ALL AND NOTHING.

    JOHN KING, SECRETATY OF THE MAGIC WALL. CONTROLLING THE

    STATE OF THE UNION AND GET ALL THE ANSWERS FROM THE

    MAGIC WALL.

    ANDERSEN COOPER, SECRETARY OF AC360 ABOUT TURN.

    PUZZELING WHATS GOING ON.

    CAMPBELL BROWN. SERETARY OF 'NO BIAS, NO BULL'.

    SETTING ALL RECORDS STRAIGHT AND PUTS CNN IN THE KNOW

    IT ALL. now print this,,,AMERICA NEEDS A BIT HUMOUR

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Patrick

    Judd Gregg was FOR the stimulus bill before he was against it. Also, I thought that Gregg recused himself from the Senate vote a couple of weeks ago because he was then a potential member of Obama's Cabinet.

    Can you say two-faced?

    February 13, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. J

    There is a shocker!! A group of selfish people who care about no one but themselves and people who give them HUGE amounts of money... If this bill was just money to corporations and tax breaks they would have been foaming at the mouth... Yet... that is the exact same crap thinking that got us into this situation to begin with.

    Republicans are out of touch and are unwilling to compromise or work with anyone who is not in lock goose stepping sync with their party.

    February 13, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  19. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Well! Does this mean, since their were no Republican vote for the stimulus package THEIR STATE DON'T NEED ANY PART OF THE STIMULUS PACKAGE MONEY guest not

    February 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. Diane Mo

    Another republican having a spoiled baby hissy fit. Not to his liking.OF COURSE THE WEASEL WILL QUIT. REMINDS ME OF A MCCAIN CLONE barf barf.

    February 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. Darla Wilshire

    Gregg has no credibility from this point on. I'm glad he's not running for reelection. Talk about a turncoat-how would you like that knife inserted, "Et tu, Brute"????

    February 13, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  22. JV

    Can lemmings walk in lockstep? Gregg did. And, now we know the greedy party did not get the e-mail about working well with others. What is the GOP plan– bread lines for Americans? But the bread will go to the rich, the poor will the queue.

    February 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. jrzshor

    i guess he had to resign rather than "obey" the boss.

    February 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  24. Jubcha

    Deborah: You are wrong as 67% of American's support the bill. Oops!

    February 13, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    HAHAHA...and the sky is blue, dogs don't poo where they eat and Why is something so unsuprising even considered newsworthy? I said this yesterday, when it was announced Kennedy would not be there for this vote. Gregg gives them one more, and Kennedy's absence gives the Dems one less. Now, the GOP will ramp up the pressure on the 3 "moderate" Republicans who have supported it so far, and one of them will magically decide against it, thereby blocking the entire bill.

    Mark my words: if they block this bill, we all will suffer horribly, but none will suffer more than the GOP in 2010.

    February 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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