October 1st, 2013
11:27 AM ET

Carney: Pres. Obama Is Compromising By Not Adding His Priorities To Fund Government

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney compares what the Republicans are doing with Obamacare to if President Obama were to demand the extension of universal background checks on gun sales or any other priority as a requirement to fund the government.

Carney tells “New Day” Anchor Chris Cuomo that the Republicans would continue to request more ideological items if a continuing resolution was passed and then expired.

“If the President were behaving the way Republicans were, he might say, ‘You know what, I won’t sign a bill keeping the government open, unless Republicans agree to extend background checks on gun sales,’ because that’s a priority of is,” Carney says.

“Or ‘I won’t sign a bill to pay our bills, to prevent us from defaulting, unless I get some other priority of mine that I couldn’t get through the normal process.’

Instead he is showing compromise by saying you know what, ‘I am not asking for anything when it comes to Congress doing its job, which is to pay the bills of the government and ensure the government remains open.’

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