February 13th, 2009
03:22 PM ET
11 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. Capital Insider

    Actually, according to a USA Today poll the number of Americans approving the Stimulus Bill is 59%, up 7% from a few weeks ago. Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 44% of U.S. voters now support the plan.

    Sounds like the polls are really differing on what the American People want in the Stimulus Package. I guess if things go poorly with the Stimulus package the Republicans will look good for opposing it. If it goes well, then they will look like Obstructionists. Only time will tell.

    February 13, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. maxx Atlanta GA

    Good glad to see him leave,,,,,,,he's typical rethug no guts no morals mind controlled idiot. This does not take away our support of our President. He is still the most brilliant leader in modern history!!! Can't take that away from him. Go away rethugs you are irrelevant lost in the desert!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. GMC

    I think Judd is starting to look kinda silly, and that's sad. its bazaar

    February 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Jon in CA

    Two smart moves by the Senator this week: 1) Bailing out of the Euro-Socialist Administration, 2) Voting against the Pork-ulus Bill.

    February 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. jkilvik

    He makes those who use the 'wanting to spend more time with my family' excuse sound more credible.

    February 13, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. Kevin

    I see now WHY he dropped out of being a contender for the Commerce job. Before, I thought he could've changed my views on Republicans. Well, Jerky Boy, here is your ticket for the tourbus, and I'll make sure to save a place for you right next to your mastodon ancestor come 2010.

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

    This is pathetic

    One-time payments to those who don't work: the bill provides a one-time $250 payment. Estimated cost: $14.2 billion.

    February 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Curious

    Weren't the details of the bill known to Gregg before he accepted, then declined? I sense Rove is working his peculiar brand of magic here.

    February 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Simpliticus

    Awkward for a once content Obama cabinet member to now convince himself and others that the stimulus bill is not what is required at this time. Of course the Titanic sank, Mt. St. Helens blew, and the Bush administration has cost this country ten trillion dollars but let's vote against the future of this country as this country had its day and forsake the expected recovery that the stimulus plan would provide. But if Gregg sticks to his stupid and ridiculous set of ideological goofiness, maybe he can also raise the Titanic, keep future volcanoes from erupting, and just overlook the insane Bush policies that ran this country into the ground. These things never happened!

    February 13, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. MR-TN


    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.

    Don't become sheep!

    Go to informative websites and give yourself your news!

    Also, boycott the networks by not watching their shows, reading their papers and visiting their websites.


    February 13, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. GMC

    What I don't understand is the lack of concern from the GOP when this monster of a problem was being created. They were like hand puppets. Now all-a-sudden, they got religion....

    I don't know the answer but people are hurting out here.

    February 13, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Accountability


    In touch with what people? The newly unemployed? Folks who have overnight found themselves and their families wihtout a home, without health care? Near retirees that just saw their nest egg broken?

    Or in touch with rich white fiscal conservatives who are that way because they've got theirs and can ride thisout? In touch with the Christo-Fascists on the right who want to defeat every move of the "Godless" Democrats?

    When this is all over and we are back into recovery mode...voters are going to remember those who ignored them and their plight...the Republican Party will implode....good riddance....

    February 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  13. David

    Why should anyone be surprised that Sen. Gregg is going to vote against the stimulus bill. He says he conservative. Of conservatives, John Stuart Mill wrote:

    "Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives."

    February 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  14. Arkansas Guy

    Almost $800 billion and nobody in Congress knows what’s in there. We should fire everyone that votes for this... This is not responsible.. If this is Obama's idea of accountability and government reform then look out...

    67% of Americans maybe for help... but come on... What if the relief offered could only come at the cost of our children's future? Wait 'till people find out what is really in this thing and that by 2012 it is actually going to hurt our GNP with the majority of the impact coming in 2010...

    Go look at some of the stuff that's in this thing and it should make you mad. This is not stimulas, it is pet projects, favors, govenment expansion projects..

    February 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. neo

    big shock. This belongs on fark withan obvious tag.

    February 13, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. barry

    Jan in CA,

    You said that because the president is the Dem now. Did you ever want to say the same while it was still Bush? Don't be hypocrite.

    February 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Marie

    He's afraid of his fellow republicans because he knew darn well when he excepted the position that it was for change and not Bush's way.I think Judd received some calls from his fellow senators and was left with no choice but to step down.He can swing it any way he choses to but that's the reality of it.Being a republican and going against the republicans is like going against Al Capone

    February 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  18. Joan

    I feel that pres.Obama needs to just ignore the republicans and do whats best for us. They just want to see him fail. I think the stimulus package is good. And I pray that it works out. I trust that Pres. Obama has our best intrust at heart, and atleast he shows us respect as a nation. He doesn't act like he is better then us. Keep up the good work Mr. President.

    February 13, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  19. EBC, MD


    Why does his voting NO surprise anyone? LOL.

    After campaigning for the JOB and holding a Press Conference stating he WANTED the job; After making a DEAL in order to GET the job, this dick head proves he's nothing but a Republican COWARD!

    GOOD RIDDANCE. Men like Gregg are nothing but doormats for the likes of John Boehner, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, etc. These OLD WHITE MEN are so clueless and TERRIFIED that President Obama will succeed. They are scared sh_tless!!

    For the REPUGS to do nothing but run off at the mouths over and over, just proves that they are so SCARED at the thought of President Obama succeeding. They can't stand the fact that they are the "minority party" and have NO relevance or power!!

    Whose the clowns now? LOL.

    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Musical Chairs

    Certainly Senator Gregg got an intimate look at the stimulus bill and how the administration intended to use it. I'm sure it's even worse than the American public thinks it is. All in all he's saying this whole scam must be pretty pathetic.

    Sometime in 2010 I'm sure we'll see a new cabinet position; Secretary of Excuses.

    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Sam

    Greg, your political future is over. Americans will remember you running away when your country needed you the most. Republicans are afraid because this is a tough time for the country. They rather see the country go down than see Obama take this country out of the mess Republicans created.

    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Chuck


    February 13, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  23. Kathleen

    Another ploy by Republicans. It is their ultimate goal to see President Obama fail; or should I say the Democratic party fail. People are so gullible. Gregg is opposed to President Obama's policy. Gregg – did you not hear what Obama had to say during the campaign? Yet you compaigned for the position. Who got to you?

    February 13, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. Chuck

    do any of you people know how much a trillion dollars is? hope you all like paying taxes. Hope you like the idea of submarining your children and grand children with a huge tax burden. Hopefully it won't be too much for us to pay off. Many of you might think that we don't have to pay it off or that the government has an endless supply of money. If we can't pay it off and China buys up our debt, hope you liked America when it used to be ours. I almost hope they don't post this because I fear that most people are so ignorant and uneducated that they haven't the slightest idea how this is going to work out. And if this is posted, don't give me a bunch of bull about being a republican or whatever. The republicans are idiots too, they just don't happen to be the current idiots in charge.

    February 13, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  25. Mary

    No Wonder from Run-away Bride any way.

    February 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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