1:19 PM ET, September 29, 2023
The White House blames the shutdown on Republicans’ “confusion and only their confusion.”
From CNN’s Nikki Carvajal
The White House blamed House Republicans’ “confusion and their confusion alone” for pushing the country to the brink of a government shutdown on Friday – just hours before government funding ran out.
“It’s been four months since President Biden, House Republicans, House Democrats, Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats struck a bipartisan budget deal,” Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young told reporters Friday. “You were all there. I was there. Do you remember what it took to make that deal? We shook hands.
Young Deal said – At that time the debt ceiling was raised – was signed into law and was a commitment to reduce the deficit, protect critical programs and ensure the government remains open.
“Four of those five sides I listed are sticking to that deal,” he said. “One side — House Republicans — refuses to live up to its end of the bargain.”
Republicans have “taken back the deal” and are now “on an island completely by themselves and completely of their own making,” he said.
“Their confusion in their confusion is now threatening to force us into a shutdown,” he said. “This is not just a breach of contract. The President signed the agreement.
Asked if Biden regretted the deal with Republicans, Young said he didn’t want to “go there” at first, but said the deal wasn’t about trust.
“It’s not a faith exercise, is it?” she said. “We passed a law.”
“I didn’t fall backwards in the forest,” she said with a smile. “70% of House Republicans voted for the bill. So, it is beyond belief. We have a law. What else should we do?”
Several top Republicans made it clear Friday that the next step is unclear if the House’s stopgap bill to extend government funding fails.
McCarthy He refused to answer many questions If he believes he has the votes to pass a short-term measure this afternoon.