The White House's "Ritual of Debating"

Posted by Brian Patrick on

FYI – 

Today, the Obama Administration insisted it would continue to push the President’s proposal in its entirety despite the bipartisan opposition making clear that it had no chance of passage. This position runs completely counter to how the White House responded to House Republicans’ Cut, Cap and Balance.
 

  • Press Secretary Jay Carney In July: One of the problems we face here is that last week while we were engaged ... we were told that the House had to go through the motions -- sort of go through the ritual of debating -- crafting, debating and voting on a measure that everyone knew from the start would never become law. So that happened. That ate up a week. (Press Briefing, 7/27/11)


Contrast With Today’s Briefing:

  • Question: I mean, seriously, you were talking about how, the Republicans their deficit plan. The president had threatened a veto. It wasn't going to get -- become law. Why do it? Do you still -- even with that history, you want the House Republicans to vote on the president's plan even though Eric Cantor says, I know my guys are not going to vote for it; it won't pass? And you want Harry Reid to hold a vote on the whole package, even though, when the appointed hour comes, he may well not have enough to get it past a filibuster. You want that to go ahead?
  • Carney: We do, Mark and I -- we were engaged in obvious negotiations. There were provisions that -- what -- the absolutely -- absolute important difference is that the things that you were talking about that were being voted on in the House that had no chance of clearing Congress, let alone being signed into law by the president ...
     




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