The White House offered a brief riposte to John Boehner’s two-stage plan to raise the debt limit and cut the deficit. Here it is in its entirety:
STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY
S. 627 – Budget Control Act of 2011
The Administration strongly opposes House passage of the amendment in the nature of a substitute to S. 627. If S. 627 is presented to the President, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.
That would settle it. Some commentators who haven’t been watching Obama veto threats closely said that this gives the President some wiggle room, but it’s the same language that the Administration uses for 99% of their veto messages.
So not only may Speaker Boehner not have the votes to pass his plan out of the House, it cannot pass the Senate and the President has threatened a veto. Of course, that means it will get a vote tomorrow.
Incidentally, Jim DeMint has now weighed in to say that Boehner’s plan doesn’t have the votes in the House.