February 12th, 2010
03:16 PM ET
5 years ago

Senior GOP senator is concerned about Obama commission

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Judd Gregg, the senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, is expressing doubts about President Obama's plan to create a bipartisan deficit-reduction commission.

"I don't think it accomplishes the goal," Gregg said Friday in an interview. But the New Hampshire senator, who is retiring at the end of the year, said he is willing to look at the specifics before passing final judgment.

Obama is expected to sign an executive order within the next 10 days to create the commission, which would make recommendations to Congress for reducing the deficit, estimated at $1.3 trillion this year.

But Gregg said that only a commission created by Congress would have the power to force the legislative branch to make changes necessary to reduce the deficit.

Along a 53 to 46 vote last month, the Senate rejected a measure sponsored by Gregg and Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, to create a bipartisan deficit-reduction commission which would force votes in Congress.

"A lot of things don't pass the first time," said Gregg, who added that he wants Congress to have another chance to vote on creating a commission.

Gregg said that he believes any deficit-reduction commission created by the president will wind up writing "just another good report that ends up on a shelf somewhere."

Gregg had been tapped by Obama to be his Commerce Secretary, but withdrew his nomination because of policy differences.
The New Hampshire Republican said he has another idea for how the government could get its fiscal house in order.

"Stop spending," Gregg said. "Let's stop spending. Let's stop adding to the debt."


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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. mario

    I think the gops are just fu ll of sh i t

    February 12, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  2. joy who love her President.

    I agree with u opticecho. Any plan the President put forward the party of no will trash it. U think things are bad now, just wait untill the Republican ake the GNOP get back to power. What pain me more is that, the low inform voters are ready to put them back to power because the hate President Obama so much they want him to fail. With the help of the MSM I might add. PLS I encourage everybody to read Paul krugman articule today at the new york times.Republicans and Medicare. U will be shock, what W wanted to do in 2005 and fail. But now the GNOP want to try it again.

    February 12, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  3. TCM

    opticecho – no you're not alone....but the crowd's getting smarter...and smaller. Time to wise up and see that you've made a terrible, and most anti-American mistake in supporting Obama.

    EVERYTHING – EVERY IDEA that has been proposed by this circus administration is anti-American, with the exception of one thing; pre-existing conditions on healthcare. But, with that comes the liberal spin as well. Republicans are trying, and succeeding in slowing down the murdering of our American traditions by a bunch of left hoodlums....face it, most of you liberal obama pukes have NEVER stepped foot into a socialist country...the very freedom we're taking now, to write our opinions, would be squashed....wise up.

    February 12, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. Allen Hussein

    Ted wrote:

    >How do you get the GOP to worry about the deficit? Put the Democrats in charge.>

    Post of the day! No truer words have been written.

    February 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Aspen Professor

    Good ole JJ in NY
    No facts - just Fox Channel erroneous opinions.

    Fact - Bush entered office with a Clinton $300 Million surplus and left a 2 Trillion deficit behind and a huge Recession for Obama to dig ourselves out of. Obama spent another $1 Trillion to clean up the Republican – Bush mess.

    Luckily, the American Publc knows that and the poll numbers show it. Meanwhile, the right- wing extremists and the dumb as a doorknob Tea Partiers led by the right-wing fools are doing their best to blame Obama for the whole mess. Lucks of luck boys and girls.

    February 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    But Gregg said that only a commission created by Congress would have the power to force the legislative branch to make changes necessary to reduce the deficit.

    So, unless Congress forced to change, they intend to keep spending this country further into economic ruin?

    The New Hampshire Republican said he has another idea for how the government could get its fiscal house in order.

    "Stop spending," Gregg said. "Let's stop spending. Let's stop adding to the debt."

    Lovely idea. Unfortunately, no one in Congress takes it seriously. Every single one of our Elected Representative Idiots thinks their peachy-keen idea is worth spending (i.e., wasting) a few billion (or trillion) dollars on, and then they form a circular mutual back-scratching club for the express purpose of screwing the American taxpayer out of whatever it costs.

    February 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    But Gregg said that only a commission created by Congress would have the power to force the legislative branch to make changes necessary to reduce the deficit.

    So, unless Congress forced to change, they intend to keep spending this country further into economic ruin?

    The New Hampshire Republican said he has another idea for how the government could get its fiscal house in order.

    "Stop spending," Gregg said. "Let's stop spending. Let's stop adding to the debt."

    Lovely idea. Unfortunately, no one in Congress takes it seriously. Every single one of our Elected Representative Idiots thinks their peachy-keen idea is worth spending (i.e., wasting) a few billion (or trillion) dollars on, and then they form a circular mutual back-scratching club for the express purpose of screwing the American taxpayer out of whatever it costs.

    February 12, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. SC-Pub "no" more

    Well Judd, you aren't going to get the boys and girls – with pockets full of Wall Street money- to vote to establish such a commission. Why in the world would you expect the Senate to enact something that is good for the country, while at the same time takeing the bucks from their accounts?
    The Republicans have done a great job of creating mass amnesia in this country. It is not just the democrats that are bought and sold; it is the whole lot of them. The point the Tea baggers miss is that they will be replacing one group of crooks with another.

    February 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. HypocriCNN/FOX Nuisense Are Antichrists Of News!

    Senator Judd Gregg R-New Hampshire Stars As His Own Nemisis Judge Dredd In Another (Sorry) Episode Of "One Flew Over The Whack-O-Doodles Nest!"

    February 12, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    @Marc: "...except for die-hard Libertarians, every economist agrees that the spending is a necessary evil to help the economy..."

    You've been listening to Paul Krugman too much. Yes, he's loud, but he doesn't speak for every economist.

    February 12, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    Wow – A Republican is criticizing something President Obama has proposed?

    What else is new? They do that every single day and it is really old and really irritating.

    Why can't they offer up something positivie – like a clue on what Americans are going through and pretending to care!

    Come on America- get real – Republicans are not going to EVER work with President Obama and be "bi-partisan". They don't care about YOU. They care about their own power and money and that's it!

    February 12, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Tell you what - the GOP will sign on to this flea circus, so long as the Dems agree that tax increases won't be part of the plan. Dems increased the annual deficit 500% this year alone, on party line votes. They now own the deficit and, if they want to raise taxes, they can do it alone.

    February 12, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Tony L.

    I think a bipartisan commission is a great idea. Since no one critical of Obama will accept his proposals to cut the budget, those proposal based on the recommendation from such a commission would carry a lot of weight especially with the american people and would put the spotlight on those congressmen who opposes those cuts. This commission would be a way to show who's serious about cutting the deficit and who is just being political.

    February 12, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Matt of Boston

    Executive Order? Deficit reduction commission? Bi partisan?
    What a showman!

    Does President Oblamo really think that Americans are that stupid to fall for this campaign stunt?

    Mr Obama,have a majority in both houses – a big one – you have had a filibuster proof majority since July in both Houses – for 9 months. 2/3rd of your stimulus was spent on either states and towns (read municipal union workers) or highway projects (read union workers again) - this was all payback for your election by the left and the unions - the non government and non union stimulus portion has not been spent - do your job and lead – build coalitions – stop blaming Bush – stop blaming the measly 41 votes the GOP has in the Senate stand up, be a man, and do your job -- or go home

    It is laughable to witness the first thing you did when a Republican won Senator Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts – you went out and rehired your campaign manager Axelrod – That move spoke volumes about where your priorities lie - and they are NOT with the economy, homeland security, or health care - they are all about your legacy and your reelection. Change is coming in 2011 Mr President – a change in the Oval Office

    February 12, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. stevegee

    Obama's proposed bipartisan deficit-reduction commission is a huge waste of time because the solution is already known:

    Stop spending money we don't have!

    Even if Obama gets his commission, it's just a PR ruse. Because now that the progressives (aka Marxists) are in power, they have no intention of reducing the deficit. Their goal is to bankrupt our country so they can reset the system.

    November 2, vote conservative so we can save our freedom and liberty!

    February 12, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    Then you should have explained that to the morons in your party that voted against the commission.

    Just another reason, that cloture crap should be changed so a simple majority is all that is needed in the Senate to pass a bill, just like in the House.

    Now President Obama alone gets to make the rules.

    February 12, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Matt L

    This Deficit Commission was first proposed by Republicans. Now that Obama has agreed to it, they all say it's a bad idea. You have to be blind to not see what the Republicans real agenda is. Obstruction, period.

    February 12, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  18. notfooledbydistractions

    Bedtime for Obonzo February 12th, 2010 4:02 pm ET

    Tell you what – the GOP will sign on to this flea circus, so long as the Dems agree that tax increases won't be part of the plan. Dems increased the annual deficit 500% this year alone, on party line votes. They now own the deficit and, if they want to raise taxes, they can do it alone.
    -

    Sorry bedtime – the minority doesn't get to call the shots. The republicans should join in because that's what they were elected to do. If they choose not to, they can be replaced.

    How about some more unfunded tax cuts bush style? That helped facillitate the mess we're in.

    You're delusional if you think that the last admin isn't responsible for the position we're in – you're in the minority if you actually believe that tripe.

    February 12, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Tony L.

    Direct @ "bedtime for ...."

    I bet you were for the Bush tax cuts that depleted the surplus and put us into deficit spending. Now it time to pay that back to help the economy and you don't want to do it. Tax increases are the inevitable end of all this and it time you idiots realize that you can be Americans for free. Try to be true patriots and help the country rather than blame it and be selfish.

    February 12, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Mikepc45

    Dems the party of no.
    No jobs
    No tax relief
    No self-responsibilty
    No pride in achievement
    No national security
    No peace, war,war,war.
    No common sense
    No strong military
    No more of what made Ameica
    No pride of country
    No strong dollar

    February 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. TCM

    @ Tony L – just what country are you helping out, China?

    leaning on the government may be ok for nanny-needers like yourself, but don't forget, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Dodd...and the other libs were running the show in 2006...which is the year the economy started turning south...only to go completely belly-up upon the empty suit's swearing in...yeah, you know about being American, alright, huh? bet you studied Biden's 101 tax-textbook for patriotism....

    February 12, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. TCM

    @ mikepc45 -that's great! they truly are the party of NO...but you need to add:

    No morals, patriotic values, and above all, no balls.

    February 12, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  23. Marc

    Henry Miller – If the shoe fits...
    But I would like to know which people you think that 'deserves' to be heard by you. Here's a tip...
    The vast majority of governments in the world DOESN"T LISTEN TO THOSE YOU DO.

    February 12, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. mike

    the GOP has to go they are nothing but cowards that cannot stand up
    to big business because there the only ones that support them why
    doing think the supreme court made it legal for companies to give
    money and advertising for elections

    February 12, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Sgt. USMC

    It's funny how the right blames President Obama for the deficit when it was Bush who spent billions on a war to nowhere. He gave the rich tax cuts without having a plan on how to pay for them or the wars. The wars weren't added to the budget until last year, where was all of this money accounted for? The economy flops under Bush's lame duck years, he bails out the big business and hands over a country in the middle of a crisis. President Obama saves America with the recovery act and the right acts like he became President to spend money we don't have. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. Also, you can blame congress (Democrats 06-08) but it was your President who was in charge.

    February 12, 2010 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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