Sunday, February 12, 2012

WH Chief of Staff Errs on Senate Budget Rules

Before reading Jake Tapper's blog post, it is worth noting that there are 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and 2 Independents in the U.S. Senate. - Reggie

Jake Tapper
As President Obama prepares to unveil his FY2013 budget Monday, White House chief of staff Jack Lew this morning was asked by CNN to defend the Senate’s refusal to pass a budget in more than 1,000 days.

“You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support,” Lew said. “So unless… unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, [Majority Leader] Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.”

That’s not accurate. Budgets only require 51 Senate votes for passage, as Lew — former director of the Office of Management and Budget — surely must know.

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