White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed a Republican plan to link an increase in the debt ceiling to a GOP policy wish list.
“The only thing I didn’t see was a birther bill attached to it,” Carney sarcastically told reporters Thursday.
Republican lawmakers are uniting behind a proposal that would increase the nation’s borrowing capacity — but only if Democrats first agreed to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year and approve the Keystone XL pipeline, among other measures.
Carney accused Republicans of holding the “American people hostage,” and he again declared that Obama would not negotiate around raising the nation’s borrowing capacity.
However, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Thursday voiced support for a delay in the individual mandate, giving Republicans ammunition to argue the administration is not prepared to implement the president’s signature legislative achievement.