White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on Sunday defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's decision not to hold a vote on a budget by falsely claiming it would be filibustered by Republicans.
Lew, who previously served as the director of President Obama's Office of Management and Budget, surely knows that a budget merely needs a simply majority to pass.
In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Candy Crowley asked Lew about Reid's unwillingness to hold a budget vote. Lew started off by offering Reid's standard defense -- that it isn't necessary to pass a non-binding budget resolution because last year's debt limit deal already set spending levels.
"He's not saying that they shouldn't pass a budget," Lew continued. "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."
Yet as the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities explains, a budget resolution "requires only a majority vote to pass, and its consideration is one of the few actions that cannot be filibustered in the Senate."
Of course he knows it. He also knows most Americans don't know it, and he's counting on that. What a worm.
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