Press Secretary Jay Carney took the hardline White House and Democratic “all or nothing” stance at Friday’s press conference babbling that Republicans should fully open the government because “it’s inappropriate, and bad for the economy and bad for our democracy” to keep passing piecemeal legislation to fund the government.
NBC’s Chuck Todd used a hostage negotiation analogy to drill Carney about, why the administration continues to balk at approving measures to open the government.
“You can put some people back to work today, you can save the government some money today by signing these piecemeal bills. Why not?” Todd asked.
“This is a gimmick,” Carney answered. “And all [Republicans] have to do is open the government.”
“Gimmick? Why not sign the bill and get people back to work?” Todd demanded.
Carney didn’t want to hear it. He just continued blaming Republicans and toeing the administration’s hardline, all or nothing, position on reopening the government.
“Chuck, I think the Republicans in the House need to open the government. The president’s not asking for anything in return. Nothing. Nothing,” a frustrated Carney said, rather than answer Todd’s questions.
However, another piecemeal funding bill was just passed by the House Saturday morning.
In a 407-0 vote, “the House has passed a bill to give 800,000 furloughed federal workers retroactive pay once the government reopens,” Fox News reported on the breaking news.
According to Fox, both the Senate and the White House are expected to approve the bill.
Watch Carney babble about how approving funding to get people back to work is all just a “gimmick” here via YouTube: