White House warns of relying on stopgap measures
White House officials warned Monday against dragging out the budget fight into a series of continuing resolutions instead of reaching a long-term agreement.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the administration was "pleased" with progress on Capitol Hill toward a stopgap measure that would fund the government through March 18, but did not want that to become a precedent for more temporary measures.
"If we keep returning to this process every couple of weeks, that will be bad for the economy because of the uncertainty it creates and the tension around that," Carney said in a briefing with reporters.
His comments were the latest by the administration to suggest a government shutdown would be perilous to the economy. Both parties are painting apocalyptic scenarios if they don't win the budget fight; Democrats warning of an economic collapse if the two sides can't reach
an agreement; the GOP raising the specter of a Greece-style meltdown if America cannot reduce its debt.
Perry Bacon Jr.
| February 28, 2011; 10:46 AM ET
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