Taxes & Spending

Lew misleads on Senate budget reality

Capitol Hill Republicans are shocked at the White House’s political spin as they brace for the President’s Feb. 13 submission of his budget request for Fiscal Year 2013.

White House Chief of Staff Jacob J. “Jack” Lew should know better, so the only explanation is that President Barack Obama wants to deceive the American public into thinking that Repbublicans control Congress, said a GOP senate staffer familiar with the budget process.

“This morning, on CNN and Meet the Press, Lew was either implementing this strategy, or the former OMB Director is woefully ignorant of the congressional budget process,” the staffer said on the eve of the president’s submission.

This is Lew on the Feb. 13 program of CNN’s “State of the Nation:”

“For some time now an effort has been underway not only to campaign against Congress, but also to suggest Republicans are blocking Obama’s efforts to fix the budget, when the opposite is true, the staffer said.

Key to the dishonesty is Lew’s assertion that the Democrats lack the votes to pass a budget because they lack the 60 votes necessary to end a GOP filibuster, the staffer said.

“The Budget Act of 1974 requires a simple 51-vote majority and it is not subject to a filibuster,” the staffer said.

Here is White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” responding to David Gregory’s question about how can the government function if Senate Democrats have not passed a budget in more than 1,019 days:

The larger deception is the concept called the “primary budget,” which measures the deficit without counting the the interest on the debt. This allows the White House to present the federal budget as smaller than it actually is.

Here is a flashback to Feb. 15, 2011, when Sen. Jefferson B. “Jeff” Sessions III, the senior Republican on the Senate’s Budget Committee asking Lew about President’s progress reducing the actual deficit:

 

Sessions pressed Heather Higginbottom for honesty in descriptions of the Obama administration’s budget  during a March 17, 2011 hearing regarding her confirmation to become the Obama’s deputy budget director. Higginbottom was a senior aide in the president’s 2008 campaign and has otherwise had no previous budget or accounting experience:

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