President Obama is likely to make the silliest move of this presidency today. He has threatened to veto a funding bill that CLEARLY could keep the government open for one week and keep the Defense Department operating through the end of the fiscal year. Speaker of the House John Boehner suppresses his amazement (and glee) in this statement:
I have just been informed that the White House has issued a veto threat on a bill that would keep the government from shutting down, without stating a single policy justification for President Obama’s threatened veto. Neither the President nor Senate Democrats have identified a single policy provision they find objectionable in the bill. The bill the House is considering today would fund our troops through September in the face of three conflicts and keep the government from shutting down tomorrow, while reflecting meaningful reductions in government spending that are widely accepted by both chambers of Congress. As I have said before, Republicans’ goal is to cut spending to help create a better environment for job creation — not to shut down the government.
We will send this bill to the Senate today, confident that those Democrats who believe it is important to fund our troops and make real spending cuts will prevail upon Senator Reid and our Commander-in-Chief to keep the government from shutting down. The President and Democratic leaders have all committed to working with Republicans to cut spending. A bill that falls short of that commitment cannot pass the House.
Actually, Obama has not only given Boehner a free pass on “causing the shutdown” but he’s cut the legs out from the Senate majority leader. If the president isn’t going to be humiliated (i.e. he won’t accept a no-brainer CR) with the one-week extension, then Sen. Harry Reid is going to have to cave a bit on the “final” CR deal.
Conservatives, you must understand something: You might imagine the White House is very clever. This move should disabuse you of that notion.