February 13th, 2009
03:22 PM ET
12 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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soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. Jubcha

    Love the "born again" fiscal conservatives. What a joke. These GOPers presided over the largest spending spree in history and the largest transfer of American wealth to a foreign country (Iraq) and put 29,000,000 Iraqis on the American welfare system.

    Now they decide to get a all conservative? HAHAHAHA. Good stuff man, good stuff.

    February 13, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. republicans only love children before they're born

    @ Deborah @ 3:26pm

    Actually, a majority of "the people" approve of the stimulus plan. And we do live in a "majority rules" Democracy.

    February 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. WI Cheesehead

    And Obama shouldn't expect much help from the GOP in resolving the country's economic crisis. Not as long as they're listening to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    February 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Penny - Canada

    Sen. Gregg said he wanted to "be himself", but it seems to me that he has succumbed to the horrific peer pressure of the Republican gang.

    He really should be ashamed of himself. It is time for all of them to "put aside childish things" , including the gang behaviour, coercion and blind loyalty we so deplore in the schoolyard and which is killing our young people in the streets.

    C. S. Lewis once said that our unchecked desire to be included in a group of insiders will make scoundrels of us. Watching the performance of U.S. Republican politicians is a fresh lesson in that truth.

    February 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. GOP - Grand Obstructionist Party

    Imagine, just days ago Gregg said he was in support of the stimulus.

    Funny what a few calls from McConnell will do to ya.

    February 13, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. pam

    Wow – Republicans voting against the will of the people – just like always. BTW – contrary to the lies being spread on this thread, the latest polls show that nearly 60% of American people support the President's stimulus package. It's funny how the repubs always have to lie to get their way – kinda like Iraq, etc.

    February 13, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. sick n tired of CNN moderators

    But he didn't have a problem voting for Bush's $750 billion bailout of Wall Street though! Typical Republican hypocrite!

    February 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. Bill, ca

    Republicans are a disgrace.

    Why didn't these guys give Bush their wonderfull ideas to bring
    america out of this mess?

    How many times did they try and fail ?

    No more of the same folks americans are tired of broken politics from republicans.

    Now its time to look forward and bring america to prosperity again.

    The whole world is waiting.


    February 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  9. chuck - Tulsa

    The repugs are so happy. They have a winning strategy, just fight the President on everything and then; when the economy collapses they can regain power.

    Who cares if they started the collapse, they believe the American people have a short memory and they are probably correct.

    The only problem with this strategy is that a lot of hard working Americans will get hurt in the process, but at least the Repugs can regain some house seats……………..

    February 13, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. Jorge

    Even to this date; that we are the United States of America. We are all divided on many issues. We as people have to unity to better this country and not divide it anymore. The only way that our economy will improve is by people working with and spending into our own economy. Times might be hard but we must face all these tought obstacles and will we get through.

    February 13, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. James L.

    Good bye and good reidens. Who really gives a rats behind about any republican.

    February 13, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Shari, NY

    Even "tough headed" Mugabe of Zimbabwe is grasping the unity message by sharing power. The Republican party is not in favor of Obama's plan because it was not their conception. If they are so full of wisdom how come they couldn't cram their grandiose ideas into the crania of past governance?

    February 13, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Hnnh?

    Maybe it's all because of his Jack Abramhoff problems.

    February 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Steve (the real one)

    Emma, San Jose February 13th, 2009 3:49 pm ET
    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.
    And how is this different from "I won, I'll Trump you on that"? Remember the President speaking these words to a republican? The problem is politics as usual ON BOTH SIDES! You libs just seem to think it is all lrepublicans at fault. You can't strong arm folks to support junk. YES !! Bush did the same, hench, politics as usual!

    February 13, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Dekonti

    This is not news. This guy chickened out after his Taliban (oh Republican) friends went after him. He still wanted to be invited to the parties.

    February 13, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. Tray

    Why is it that I'm not suprise....Obstructionist. I can't wait for 2010!!!!

    February 13, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Matt, Nashville

    Does it matter? They sold us all out. For a measily $13 a week...

    Who's rich now?

    February 13, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. arithmetic is liberal

    What's the matter with him? Did Mitch McConnell threaten to break his legs or give him cement shoes? What is it with Republicans?

    It's times like these where I really think that the party overlords (in both parties) have something on each and every member that they will expose if the party member doesn't do what they want. It is the only way I can explain the completely irrational behavior we see in Washington...

    February 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Chad

    I'm glad he withdrew if he had no faith in the stimulus bill. He would have been just another Republican wanting to continue Bushonomics. Tax cuts for big business and the wealthy while not creating jobs. When will people understand that by taking the Republican side of this bill you are sticking with what turned this economy upside down. Do people not see this?

    February 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Obama Fan

    Oh course he is.

    I think he planned this perfectly. He withdrew so he could vote NO.

    Scum of the earth.

    February 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. naqib

    One Trillion down... One Trillion to go... this month alone...

    Dang... this is gonna be some kind of record.

    Two trillion in one month... gonna smoke Bush's 4 Trillion in 8 years.

    Go Bammer... and we haven't even talked health care yet... LOL

    February 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Let Liberty Ring

    Deborah your not in touch with the american people idiot !!!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Joseph, Los Angeles

    Let him...

    February 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. JR

    that figures! so much for his statements 2 weeks ago of putting party politics behind.....now he withdraws as incapable of doing the job in commerce and votes against the stimulas. This does indeed show him incapable of understanding commerce or even the word stimulas.
    oh, yes, the better idea was....?
    Let's give more tax cuts to the corporations that use every loophole already, send their jobs oversees, and reward failures in excessive bonuses (430 X the rate of avg. employee), mismanage their companies – because they're ready to hire- give me a break!
    Let's open up exports more.....with what? If our companies are going out of business and no producing or building anything is taking place – what shall we export? without a stimulas & market recovery there will be no overseas consumer to buy anything (not to mention resentment toward anything American).
    Payroll taxes – that would only effect people who still have jobs! This is also the area Republicans cut in the current bill and the one that effects 95% of citizens.
    Thanx for your concern – NOT!

    February 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. david thomas

    It seems to me that Senator Gregg has some ethical challenges and could use a little courage as well.

    February 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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