Now, one of Obama’s guys, Jack Lew, chief of staff, he went out there and said — this is crazy. He said, “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 Republicans are willing to work with Democrats in the Senate, Harry Reid is not going to be able to get a budget passed. And I think he was reflecting the reality of that that could be a challenge.”
That’s Jack Lew, chief of staff, State of the Union CNN yesterday.
Has he never heard of budget reconciliation? The one thing in the Senate that does not require 60 votes is the passage of a budget because it’s constitutionally mandated. You cannot filibuster the budget. This is why the regime tried to get health care passed via budget reconciliation where they didn’t need 60 votes. They couldn’t get that done and they thought about deeming it to be passed in the House, which would facilitate it in the Senate. And Henry “Nostrilitis” Waxman, “We’re not gonna deem it.” Even he knew that that wouldn’t fly. So here’s Obama’s chief of staff… In fact, folks, you don’t even need 50 votes. You just need a simple majority. A budget resolution is one of the few things not subject to a filibuster. A bill based on reconciliation instructions cannot be filibustered, and that’s what a budget is.
Now, is this guy stupid, idiotic, or lying when he’s on CNN yesterday? Frankly, I don’t care because his whole point was to blame the Republicans for the fact that this dead-on-arrival budget wasn’t gonna get passed. That was the whole point, make sure the Republicans get blamed for this by refusing to work with Harry Reid. The Democrats don’t have 60 votes in the Senate. But they don’t need them. A blatant, brazen lie on CNN. It was so bad even the Washington Post had to call ‘em on it, and that could not have been easy.