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. Barbara Ca

    Senator Gregg and every other republican politician who voted against the Stimulus bill is simply showing us HOW IRRELEVANT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BECOME (except for 3 members) in helping to put our country back on the correct track financially.

    Think about what you are doing republicans.

    Trying to make our new President fail is just the same as trying to make our country fail.

    February 13, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Rick Roberts

    First the guy wants the job, then he doesn't. Tell me that McCain had nothing to do with this. Hey John, I repect you as a war hero but YOU LOST. Give up the ghost. You lost because the country wanted "ChANGE" and you proved that the GOP will never change. That is why you are in the Senate and not doing Obama's job. Get over it.
    If the GOP doesn't change it's ways, you will lose even more in 2010. I know, you got a black head of the GOP. First you got an idiot to replace Hilary, now a black guy to head your party. How transparent is that?
    I don't know if our President will do good but we need to give him a chance. McCain, you are a sore loser and I lost all respect for you. You are really a loser.

    February 13, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. Patriot Guy

    Judd Gregg, you're a good man! Thanks for coming to your senses and telling Obama to TAKE THE JOB AND SHOVE IT! Keep up the good work!

    February 13, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Had It

    We knew that – this is not news - the Grand Obstructionist Party raises it's ugly face again.

    February 13, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Jackson, Seattle

    So, at first Gregg lobbies for the job, then he turns the job down. First he is for the stimulus, then he is against the stimulus. This sounds an awful lot like the "flipflopping" tag they tried to pin on John Kerry. You think the Republicans will accuse Gregg of flipflopping? Of course not. When Republicans do something, it is ok. When Democrats do it, it is wrong.

    Hypocrisy alive and well in the GOP.

    February 13, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. Mike in Vancouver

    Man oh man! Maybe the Republicans should adopt another line of thinking. Maybe if they supported the bill, they would be looked at like true "mavericks" and by breaking out of their obstructionist stance be viewed so much more positively than at the moment. When the stimulus bill starts to work, they can then share in the glory and save their political worths while making the true claim that they participated in bipartisan politics. WIN – WIN. Unbelievable.

    February 13, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. rich

    Confused hipocrit of the first order.

    February 13, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. The Lady

    I am not shocked, glad you are gone you have no backbone. What ever the GOP said to you to scare you will come out anyway.

    February 13, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Geo1

    He stated that he is honest, but I don't think so. He cannot change; he is GOP and cannot make up his own mind. Too bad!! I sure can make up my mind.

    February 13, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |


    February 13, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Carole Burns

    Good for him – at least he didn't sell out his principles to become a party to socialism.

    February 13, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  12. Once you vote Black

    The GOP is out of touch. This guy just made himself look silly. I predict a 3rd party in 2012 if the GOP cannot get themselves together. Most Repubs are not a patient as other Americans. Hey, where is PUMA?

    February 13, 2009 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. Typical White Person

    The Republicans are now the Taliban? You people are scarey and so's your "leader".

    February 13, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. Nola

    Just goes to show that Gregg does not have a brain of his own. The Republican Minority Leader is in control. He tells them when and what to think, as well as, when and what not to think.

    February 13, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. PC

    Thank you Sen. Gregg - I applaud your decision whole heartedly. You can put lipstick on this porkulus, but it's still a porkulus!

    February 13, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. K Fergus

    Gregg has demonstrated that he has no backbone. He has succumbed to the whims of his party hacks. If he couldn't back the President, then he shouldn't have agreed to take the job in the first place.

    Gregg knows he demonstrated a lack of backbone for which he will be accountable in the next election. That's why he said he won't run in 2010. Let's wait and see if he changes his mind. Let's hope his constituents remember come election time.

    February 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  17. v best

    The concept is actually very simple. The GOP are just trying to confuse us as usually. Instead of helping the country in this state of crisis, they are busy playing their famous game ‘me first, country last’ but make no mistake GOP, the people will give you their answer in 2010. If you can’t look out for the people the you should not be in the senate. All this talk about tax cut is just to support the only ones you look out for, the rich. They are the ones that will always have jobs. Even, a 5yr old child know that if daddy doesn’t have a job, daddy can’t pay tax. So even a 100% tax cut will not help daddy. 5million job loss, in 1or 2yrs, another 5million, so GOP tell me how tax cut will help 10million people with no jobs to tax. & how will local govt & states balance their budgets with no revenues to collect (no property tax & no income tax due to home loss & job loss). & yet their expenses tripled, in some states quadrupled.

    February 13, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. itbeme

    sounds like my 3 year old grandkids....they don't get their way, they pout and throw a fit. To bad this just happens to be one of our 'leaders'...

    February 13, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  19. Roberto

    The Republicans are in a tail-spin trying to find their new identity, and they're not going to make any sense for a few years. They'll huddle together like freezing baby chickens pretending to be far right idealists and in the process make themselves inoperative and irrelevant to progress. Totally lost.

    February 13, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. MLH

    Sounds like the guy did the right thing. If he has a fundamental disagreement with President Obama's economic policy, he shouldn't sign on as Commerce Sec.

    February 13, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. Ed's Kate

    Just a thought!!!
    Coud it be that the Republicans thought he could pull off a refocus of the Census to do redistricting to help the Republicans like what was done in Texas? When the light dawned he might not be able to do this he opted out of the job. Just a thought!!!

    February 13, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  22. Stu-Florida

    This clearly shows there is still a "Good 'ol Boys Club" in the Republican Party. They got to him...
    Judd Gregg is a spinless jellyfish. Now lets get down to business!
    Unite and work together... for a change!

    February 13, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  23. spy

    I figured he just took the job to spy around.. he's a pair or pink panties

    February 13, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  24. Jon Davis

    Sen. Gregg is a pathetic, hypocritical lying jerk.

    February 13, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  25. Terry, TX

    I find Senator Gregg.... and honorable man.
    President Obama was dishonorable to remove the Census from the Commerce Department to Rahm Emmanuel... on behalf of the Black and Hispanic Caucus... this is also the Black Caucus who was in bed with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.... Rep Waters, Rep Meeks, Rep Clay and Rep Davis....along with Barney Franks and Chris Dodds. The Black and Hispanic Caucuses are idiots. As an American Hispanic .... I am thoroughly disgusted with the lot of them.. It was this group along with NCAAP and LULAC who have allowed illegal aliens in the Pork Package. They are dismantling the E-Verify Illegal Alien Check....it's not in the Pork Package and they don't renew in March. Email your representative, senators and White House.

    February 13, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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