White House Backs Boehner’s Math

As Speaker John Boehner was rewriting his deficit reduction proposal Tuesday night because the Congressional Budget Office said its cuts were smaller than advertised, the Ohio Republican got some support from an unusual source: the White House.

Jacob Lew, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, argued in a blog post that the spending cuts in Boehner’s measure should be tallied as $1.2 trillion over the next decade, not the $850 billion that the CBO cited. Lew said that’s because all of the deficit reduction discussions so far have been working off of the CBO’s January baseline, not the most recent version, which reflects cuts already made in the continuing resolution funding the government and other laws.

Using the up-to-date baseline would be “confusing,” Lew wrote.

via White House Backs Boehner’s Math : Roll Call News.

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