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. joy

    Enough with this Gregg thing!

    February 13, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Virginia Veterans

    Gregg Judd voted 'Yes' on the Iraq War. But, will vote 'No' to improve America.

    Perhaps it was best for him to leave.

    February 13, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. ran

    I hope the good people of NH votes this gut out if he changes his mind to run again. He is so typical of a Republican: Obstruct any thing that does not promote you simple ideologies.

    February 13, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Matthew, Detroit

    Gregg. For all that dont understand, this is what integrity means.

    February 13, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. James

    Give me a break the politicizing of the census is why he is leaving period! Why give him a position then take the power away from that position? The Whitehouse can not control the census.

    February 13, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. Donna

    One more example of the GOP standing shoulder to shoulder to barricade change from coming to our country. Even when someone is giving the opportunity to be part of leading us into the future, he turns tail and runs back to join the blockade. Cowardly, shameful, and putrid – the whole lot of them.

    February 13, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Meka

    GREGG'S VOTE WON'T COUNT IN 2010!

    CONGRESS TERM LIMITS . . . 12 YEARS, NO RETIREMENT!

    February 13, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. Pepper Hanrahan

    The people of New Hampshire must be so proud. A guy who says yes and then says no! Wow. I feel sorry for New Hampshire. They have the upmost politician! Follows the party in lockstep!

    February 13, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. mmike

    Republicans mantra, "country first" ya right!

    February 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Gabriel Danaher

    As per earlier comment – We are not surprised
    The GODFATHER (Rush) spoke and the soldier listened.....Character all the way..........

    February 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  11. Mickey S

    Way To Go Senator Gregg.
    You are Change I can Believe In!

    February 13, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. Proud American

    Moron....

    February 13, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Bud in NC

    This phony will start to tell the truth when pigs learn to fly. Just another politician (Repub naturally) who has as much integrity as a rattle snake. If you reach inside a sack of rattle snakes, you can easily predict the outcome. Nuff said about working together y'all.

    February 13, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  14. Emily

    This man should be ashamed. He is obviously a weak person and therefore subject to having the GOP jump all over him. Obama doesn't need cowards in his cabinet. I say farewell to bad rubish.

    February 13, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  15. Ray Fisher, Albuquerque, NM

    I dont think this guy could make a decision if it killed him. What an indecisve loser!!!

    February 13, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Kyle

    Sad commentary when a PUBLIC SERVANT can't see past POLITICS to work in the best interest of the country. Lincoln and Obama both chose to include differing viewpoints from cabinet members, but unlike Obama, Lincoln's opponents still desired what was best for all Americans first and foremost. This was clearly a slap in the face to Obama and shows the true treachery of the Rebublican philosophy of deny, denigrate and do nothing.

    February 13, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. Mernoush

    I'm so happy this guy is now out of president Obama's cabinet.

    February 13, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. adods

    My bet is that Judd's vetters found some skeletons in his closet. Why else would he withdraw from confirmation AND announce he will not run for re-election in 2010?

    February 13, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. Caligirl

    MR-TN February 13th, 2009 4:15 pm ET

    IS IT ME, OR DO YOU GUYS NOTICE THAT THE MEDIA IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO DESTORY OBAMA AND THE "CHANGE" MESSAGE WITH THE HELP OF THE "TALIBAN" REPUBLICANS?

    I think that after the election and inauguration, the republicans and the media have decided that they have to destory him. I think they are really scared of him and have decided to spin as much negativity at him as possible. I also think that we Americans need to REALLY stop listen to their garbage. THe media are trying to brain-wash us. We cannot allow this! Be selective and research information on line as much as possible. We have to take back our country, stay informed with facts, not spin and help this president help us. Change won't be easy when you are fighting the FEAR of change.

    _________________________________________________

    BBC tends to be pretty straight-forward news

    February 13, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Mike Dallas

    @ann

    Sorry Annie it has been reported from many sources that Gregg wanted the position and he went to Reid and ask him to put in a good word for him with President Obama.

    Either the vetting team found something really bad or Lush Limprick took the boy to the woodshed.

    I know you want so badly to blame President Obama, but reality says otherwise, except the reality in that parallel universe you listen to in the morning.

    February 13, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  21. John Air Force Vet

    These are not even Republicans anymore. They a idiologs with a vengence against Democracy!

    February 13, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. A Realist

    This guy is a creep. Good riddance!

    February 13, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  23. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

    IT'S AMAZING HOW THIS COUNTRY IS SPLIT IN HALF.

    DEMOCRATS-GULLIBLE, DOESN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHATS IN THE STIMULUS BILL, PUTS ALL HOPE OF SOME KIND OF CHANGE ON OBAMA, WHEN ANYTHING GOES WRONG ALWAYS BLAME BUSH, AND TYPICALLY IS NOT REAL EDUCATED!!!!!!!

    REPUBLICANS- TYPICALLY EDUCATED, READS THE PAPER AND WATCH THE NEWS, IS COMPLETELY AGAINST THE STIMULUS BILL BECAUSE THEY KNOW ITS FULL OF MOSTLY SPENDING, CAN SEE WHO OBAMA REALLY IS, SCARED TO DEATH FOR THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE WHATS COMING!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  24. JR

    At what point will Republicans be willing to support anything that benefits our own citizens? any use of our money is labeled welfare, socialist etc.
    At what point will they listen to economists & experts rather than the sound of their own voice & egos?
    We are rebuilding Iraq for the second time in the last quarter century – isn't it time to take care of our own & rebuild our own country before it is even more cost prohibative & our society weakened further?

    February 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  25. The Artful Dodger

    Soon, the Republican Party, and those who still support its hypocrisy, will be a fringe party catering only to those who yearn for the past when sexual predators still did their deeds in the closet, when family values meant daddy coming home and beating up the family with impunity, and women were relegated to roles dictated to by men. A past when war was the first act of diplomacy, rather than the last. A past when companies trampled on the rights of workers, and corporations siphoned off every penny they could from the average citizen.

    February 13, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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