Judd Gregg is quickly becoming one of my favorite members of congress. Last week, he schooled a couple of nit wit MSNBC anchorettes about cutting federal spending, and yesterday he blasted Obama’s budget chief about the administration’s plans to loot bailout funds.
To think, that just a year ago, he was considering a position in the Obama administration.
I saw this clip on Fox, this morning, and meant to find it on Youtube, and post it, earlier, but it totally slipped my mind. A visit to The Other McCain jogged my memory.
The Union Leader sets the stage:
A fiery Judd Gregg, the senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, blasted the White House budget chief yesterday over his boss’ plan to transfer bailout funds to a new small business loan program.
While President Obama was visiting Nashua, Gregg’s birthplace, the three-term senator was on Capitol Hill skewering Peter Orszag over the plan to funnel $30 billion from the Troubled Asset Relief Program.
Gregg erupted as Orszag spoke of the TARP use to solve lingering problems with access to credit for small businesses.
“No! No! No!” he yelled out. “You can’t make that type of statement with any legitimacy. You cannot make that statement.”
That was VT Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, who snidely chimed in at the end, “That is how laws are made usually, Congress passes them.”
Not on the tape:
Gregg fired back, “Did the senator from Vermont make a statement? Well the senator is wrong. This is the law as it stands today. There is no law on the books.”
The exchange was about to escalate when the committee chairman, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-ND, banged his gavel to restore order.
Nine more months….
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