In His Own Words: Sen. Gregg On Reconciliation

April 28, 2009 12:31 pm ET

On April 28, 2009, Sen. Judd Gregg took to the floor of the Senate to criticize Democrats for considering the use of the budget reconciliation process to bring much needed change to America's health care system.  Yet in 2005, Gregg repeatedly defended the Republican Party's usage of reconciliation to 'cram' Bush's agenda down the country's throat.

Judd Gregg's Double Standard

Judd Gregg's Reconciliation Rant:

"If you're gonna get a good piece of legislation, you're gonna have to have bipartisanship and you're gonna have to have the American people believe that it is fair.  You cannot pass something as significant as health care, and do it in a 'cram down manner,' in a manner where it is totally partisan.  And yet, reconciliation is structured to accomplish just that.  You have to have every stakeholder at the table.  And granted, we're not gonna win all our [sic] points, but we may have some points that are constructive to the debate.  Let us at least be at the table and make those points here on the floor of the Senate through the amendment process..." [Gregg Floor Statement, 4/28/09; emphasis added]

Oh, how the tables have turned.  In 2005, Sen. Gregg was a huge proponent of using the reconciliation process to 'cram' Bush's agenda down the country's throat...

Gregg: "Is There Something Wrong With Majority Rules?" As reported by the New York Times: "The record is also replete with past statements by Republicans such as Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, the party's leader on budget issues, praising the logic of reconciliation. 'We are using the rules of the Senate here,' Mr. Gregg said in 2005 as he fought off Democratic complaints that reconciliation was wrongly being employed to block filibusters against opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. 'Is there something wrong with majority rules? I don't think so.'" [New York Times, 3/29/09]

Judd Gregg Endorsed The Reconciliation Process To Open Up ANWR For Drilling Because Bush "Asked For It."  As reported by the Associated Press: "Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg, R-N.H. said it was reasonable to assume ANWR, as the refuge is commonly called, would be part of the budget measure. 'The president asked for it, and we're trying to do what the president asked for,' Gregg said Tuesday after meeting privately with Republicans on his panel." [Associated Press, 3/1/05]