(WASHINGTON) — The White House on Thursday accused House Republicans of wasting time on an effort that is “pointless and futile” while the country barrels toward the fiscal cliff, as the House readies to vote on Boehner’s “Plan B.”
“The Republicans in the House have decided to run down an alley that has no exit,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said of the Speaker’s plan.
“[Plan B] is leading nowhere that is good for the American people, nowhere that brings us closer to a deal or a compromise. And it certainly brings us closer to the fiscal cliff,” he said.
The president has pledged to veto the plan if it reaches his desk and has urged Republicans to compromise instead on a broad deal to avoid the looming spending cuts and tax increases set to kick in on Jan. 1.
“Plan B, which is the only thing the Republicans in the House are focused on right now, is a multiday exercise in futility at a time when we do not have the luxury of exercises in futility,” Carney said.
“It’s something we’ve seen in the past that produces nothing positive, except perhaps copy for Hill reporters, and does not bring us any closer to resolution of either the fiscal cliff or our deficits issues, challenges, and does not help the cause of trying to find a compromise,” he said.
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