Judd Gregg Reconciles with White House
By Anne E. Kornblut
Just yesterday, it seems, Sen. Judd Gregg had irreconcilable differences with the Obama administration -- so many that he withdrew his name from consideration to be commerce secretary.
But next week, Gregg will be back in the bosom of the administration, participating in a summit at the White House Monday on fiscal responsibility.
"I've been asked by the president, along with a number of other members of Congress, to join him next Monday for a Fiscal Responsibility Summit," Gregg said in a statement. "This is a very appropriate and needed action as we work to address our immediate and long-term economic future. My goal for the summit will be to address the long-term fiscal tsunami that is headed our way as a result of the cost of making payments to the Baby Boom generation through health and retirement entitlement programs."
Gregg continued: "Reform is urgently needed, especially as long-term entitlement spending threatens to strangle our economy, and action must be taken sooner rather than later. I will certainly do everything I can to work with the president and others in Congress to set a course for the long run that addresses the issue of how we pass on to our children a government they can afford."
White House officials said the Office of Management and Budget is still putting together its list of guests, but there is no reason to doubt that Gregg will be among them. He is a leading voice on budget issues in the Senate, and a close ally of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (now that he's back in the GOP fold). Gregg dropped out of consideration for the Cabinet last Thursday, saying he had not fully thought through what it would mean to work as an official in the Obama administration.
Posted at 2:38 PM ET on Feb 18, 2009
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