Sen. Gregg Forgets His Past With Reconciliation

February 04, 2010 3:34 pm ET

In a February 4, 2010 "ideas piece" in Politico, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-UT) once again feigned disdain at the possibility of using the budget reconciliation process to help Americans gain access to quality health care.  Yet, as Media Matters Action Network has previously noted, Sen. Gregg was the Senate's leading proponent of the maneuver just a few short years ago.

Sen. Gregg Slams Democrats For Considering Budget Reconciliation

Sen. Judd Gregg:

The majority party is scrambling to salvage the crown jewel of its government expansion agenda. How will the Democrats move yet another version of health reform toward completion? Democratic leaders are publicly considering the use of reconciliation - a budget process tool that was designed to implement fiscal policy - to jam through a massive new health care entitlement that will add trillions to the debt.

Despite public outrage about the lack of transparency, Democrats may attempt to use reconciliation to short-circuit every senator's right and responsibility to fully debate a measure that will affect one-sixth of our economy. Using reconciliation to try to pass a new health care bill will limit debate to 20 hours, prohibit filibusters and most amendments and require only a simple majority in the Senate for final passage. [Politico, 2/4/10]

Sen. Gregg Defended & Promoted GOP Usage Of Budget Reconciliation

Sen. Gregg: "Is There Something Wrong With Majority Rules? I Don't Think So." 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]

Sen. 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]