WH Says GOP Has Moved 'Away From Compromise', Then Vows Not to Compromise

By Eric Scheiner | September 18, 2013 | 3:14pm EDT


White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - White House spokesperson Jay Carney criticized Republican leaders for moving “away from compromise,” but when asked if the administration would accept any delay in Obamacare, he replied, “No.”

"House Republicans have decided to pursue a path away from the center, away from compromise in favor of voting on a piece of legislation that they know will not become law,” Carney said Wednesday.

Earlier in the day, GOP leaders announced their plan to approve a continuing resolution (CR) spending bill through Dec. 15 that includes legislation to defund Obamacare.

House Republicans also claimed they would unveil a plan next week that would delay Obamacare as part of a vote to raise the debt ceiling.

When asked if the administration was willing to accept any delay in Obamacare in order to avoid a government shutdown, Carney replied, “No. The Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. The president signed it. The Supreme Court upheld it as constitutional.”

According to Carney, White House strategy in the debate over funding the government and raising the debt ceiling includes President Obama talking with business leaders and expressing the need for compromise.

“Business leaders who have no small amount of influence over leaders in Washington, including, you might say - especially Republican leaders - about the need for responsible compromise when it comes to our budgeting and responsible action by Congress when it comes to simply extending the debt ceiling,” Carney said.

When asked if it was the president’s position to not negotiate over the debt ceiling Carney replied, “Correct.”

Carney insisted that it’s in Congress’ power to raise the debt ceiling and the responsibility lies with them.

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