White House blames GOP even when they can’t be blamed

Mike Flynn over at Big Government points out the political games the White House is playing when it comes to Sen. Harry Reid’s refusal to produce a federal budget in the Senate.

Well I guess White House Chief of Staff Jacob Lew doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

CROWLEY: “I want to read for our viewers something that Sen. Harry Reid, the Democrat Majority Leader in the U.S. Senate, who said, ‘We do not need to bring a budget to the floor this year. It’s done, we don’t need to do it.’”

LEW: “He’s not saying that they shouldn’t pass a budget. But we also need to be honest. 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. So unless… unless Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed.”

This is patently false.

You can’t filibuster the budget. The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 stipulates that debate is automatically cut off after 50 hours of debate. At that point, a budget can be passed by a simple majority, 51 votes. Democrats currently hold 53 seats in the Senate. They can pass a budget on a simple party-line vote.

Update, more articles are being written about this subject today, including one from Ed Morrissey at Hot Air. Even if you tried to spin Lew misspoke, you can’t get there.

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  1. Plainvillian on February 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Tell a lie often enough…… good grief, how can we survive as a nation when our government lies all the time?

  2. Eric on February 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    It’s ALWAYS someone else’s fault! ?This White House sounds more like a bunch of kids in a sandbox then anything else. ?We’re all so sick of it. ?At least the last President could stand on his own two feet without constantly looking for someone to blame his troubles on!

  3. sammy22 on February 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    He should be fired.

    • Tim-in-Alabama on February 13, 2012 at 10:55 am

      Best comment ever!

    • GdavidH on February 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Agreed. I’ll stop there.

  4. ricbee on February 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Reid’s a doddering old fool & probably doesn’t know that.

  5. Murphy on February 13, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Perhaps they know there might be three? Dumbocrats in the senate that aren’t zombies. Or three that want to get re-elected and to stay as far away from the Obamanation as they can.

    • NH-Jim on February 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Bingo, Murph.? The hidden truth is just that!? Reid does not have the votes even in his own party so, how does he make lemonade out of lemons?… Blame the Republicans.? Please America, please see through the distortion of the truth.

  6. SeeingRed on February 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Democrats.? Lying.? MSM.? The trifecta of what’s gone wrong in America since JFK/in my lifetime.

  7. steve418r on February 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Isn’t this straight out of the Oblamo play book?? How come it still goes on? Maybe… because it works!! The ill informed and biased scoop this stuff right up. The truth isn’t important.

    • Lynn on February 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

      Well, if the latest statistic I heard is that 50% are now paying everything for the other 50% who pay nothing, then that explains the 50% who are still going to vote for Obama. Now, you add the voter fraud and voila, President Obama dictates to us again.

  8. Dimsdale on February 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    To paraphrase “Ma” Richards, “the Dems can’t help it, they were born with their feet in their mouths!”

  9. JBS on February 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Wow, Lew can spin!
    We are solidly in the era of Newspeak. Whatever the Dems say is the opposite of what is meant. The truth hides in their lies!


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