The Washington Times - February 18, 2009, 11:56AM

President Obama will host a fiscal responsibility summit at the White House Monday, and one guest might prove to be a bit awkward.

 

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Sen. Judd Gregg sent reporters a release today noting he’ll be attending.

 

That’s the same Gregg, a Republican from New Hampshire, who last week removed himself from consideration for the Commerce Secretary post.

 

Here’s the Gregg statement:

 

“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.  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.
“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.”

 

 Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times

 

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