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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soundoff (262 Responses)
  1. dele

    Could Alicia be right? What she said made sense. He was probably out to fix the census. hmmm...
    That is scary if it was really the intention of the republicans.
    Since when is loyalty to party be above loyalty to country?
    I hope people will realize this and what all the repubs out of the senate leaving maybe 3 to 4 behind.
    This will teach the repub leaders a lesson.

    February 13, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. boered1

    I STILL LOVE his comment “We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy,” Gregg said in a statement Thursday.

    THAT WAS WHY President Obama picked you you idiot, for the differing voice, for the other side, to listen to all views in a cabinet meeting not just yes men. I KNOW it is hard for the radical religious right to understand but to be a REAL leader you need to be willing to listen to others, even (or especially) those who disagree with you. This post would have given you the best chance to press your agenda, you would ahve the direct ear of the President and still been able to go on the TV and bad mouth him when things didn't go your way!

    Instead you caved to your party, party over substance, party over personal honor, party over country?


    February 13, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  3. hakeemsdad, Florida

    What an idiot!!!

    Didn't he know what Obama stand for before asking for the job!
    So who gave him the right to waste the past several weeks of the country?
    People like him and Deborah are praying for Obama to fail the country and cheer after that.

    After that they will say see we told you.
    The reality is that him and most of the Republicans don't care about this country the only thing they want let give tax cuts to the rich so they could become richer.
    Average Joes (not the plumber) and Susies, etc. don't have a job who cares (give them tax cut it will be good for them when they find a job!)

    Wake up People!!!
    Top 3% of the people in this country own 23% of the GDP!!! I guess republicans think this is not normal lets give them more tax cut so these richest top 3% could own half of the GDP!!!

    Go figure it out Deborah (idiot) learn some basic math skills

    February 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. MG


    Please get your facts right. The Senate vote was cast earlier this week and not 2 weeks ago as you report. Also, Gregg recused himself from voting and did not vote against it as you report. Plus you might like to do some research and check Gregg's interview on CNBC immediately after he was nominated for Commerce sercretary where he goes and sells the same stimulus that he now plans to vote against and cannot believe that any other GOP would vote in favour of.

    Also, was Gregg asleep all this time? The stimulus debate has been going on for 3 weeks now – well before he was nominated. Didn't he know then if he would or would not vote for it? This coupled with his speel on CNBC makes me think that he caved in to GOP pressure rather than decide to stick to his "principles" – whatever they may be.

    February 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. CWD

    One word sums up Gregg. .douchenozzle.

    Time to stuff this bipartisan BS and get on with running the country. Screw the republicans.

    February 13, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Robin, Tampa FL

    This is unbelievable ... this is like pouring salt into an open wound. It's very clear the GOP are trying their hardest to screw over President Obama at every opportunity they can get.

    February 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Cheryl

    What do you call people who seek to bring down the government and the whole country by blocking any attempts to fix an economic disaster they created? Traitors?

    February 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Murray

    How Republican in our post-partisan congress (note the sarcasm here). It is clear the Republicans are having some trouble looking past their many defeats to try to get in touch with the American people (who, by the way, hate the partisan tone to so much of today's politics!).

    February 13, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. Matt

    67% of American support "A "stimulus bill. Not this stimulus bill. If we are not allowed to see it, if no one has a chance to read it. Why should anyone support it.

    Putting blind faith in your government is insanity.

    February 13, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  10. Clavel

    President Obama, please give up on the Republicans! They're only interested in running this country into the ground. It's time to vote them ALL out of office.

    February 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Good comment:

    "I found out what the deal was with Judd Gregg... Aparently, the woman that was going to be named to replace him in the Senate was somehow involved in the Shaheen-Sununu problem concerning the crashing of the Democratic phone bank in the NH primaries, which was illegal, and people have been indicted and convicted over it. As a result, she was NEVER going to be named, Gregg had to pull out of the Cabinet because the governor of NH was going to have to name a Democrat after the fiasco surfaced. End of deal... everybody goes home. This was NOT about Obama or Gregg's inability to play nice, it was a back-door deal that got torn apart by potential scandal. Go figure!"
    –comment I read from a smart lady.

    February 13, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    In touch? The only thing Gregg touches is himself...at night...and that's why the GOP dinosaurs shall go extinct.

    February 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Ekbaaaal from Pakistan

    How about locking ALL these motherfukkers (Congress, Senate and Obama) in a Gas Chamber....

    Let the economy fix itself – huh 🙂

    US is FULL of mourons

    February 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  14. tom

    Gregg was a republican plant. Like a Trojan Horse, he was planted by Baenert to redraw the census districts so as to give huge advantages to Republican districts in the next elections. When the Obama folks found out what he was up to, they outed him and he quit rather than be publically outed.

    February 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  15. Lucy

    15 minutes of fame.....He some large part of a horse's anatomy

    February 13, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  16. obama-mama

    Who cares

    February 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. Obama 2012

    Who cares that this jelly-back coward did not vote.

    And, to you"Deborah"...you and others like you are going to make the republicans become extinct, which will be great for this country!! So, keep on with your narrow thinking and being bias. I have never known of such "so called intelligent and educated people" be so dumb.

    February 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. Seattle

    I Hoped the door slamed turn-coat in the rear as he left but with an after thought he is so full of it may be a bad idea.
    He asked Republican Daddy and daddy said no no no don't you remember Judd its Republican party and the rich you are 100% for nothing else ,nothing else............................................................... .

    February 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Truth Bomb Thrower

    Good going, Senator Gregg. I bet it feels good to have your backbone back. Thanks for voting against this criminal, idiotic, pork bill.

    February 13, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. mary, colorado

    Republicans seem more like trouble-makers than Americans who are trying to strengthen the American democracy so it fits everyone. This idiot begged for the job then decided he couldn't agree with President Obama's ideas. He knew that in the first place, he just wanted to start trouble between the 2 factions.

    As far as I'm concerned, those types of Republicans can stay on their own side and let the more intelligent ones take over.

    February 13, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Ann

    Alicia "This guy 'asked' to be the Commerce Secretary. Gregg asked."

    so now everyone who asks Mr. Obama for a job gets it? You are so naive. Mr. Obama and Emanuel changed the rules regarding Census Bureau after the nomination. Gregg was selected just to show how bipartisan is Mr. Obama. Lets be serious, don't buy everything they try to sell you.

    February 13, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Judy

    Judd is a Judas!

    February 13, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Simmy

    Loser to the 12th power. No *****.

    February 13, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  24. RLE

    the repubs' plan back fired they thought they were going to wreak havoc and control the census thereby control the redistricting but when President Obama stopped that plan now Gregg gets out. President Obama is a couple steps ahead of the repubs

    February 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    The self-serving Republicans are trying to make dishonor look like honor, but if it looks like a skunk and does what a skunk does ---.

    February 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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