Last Friday, questions surfaced about what impact Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to Europe would have on ongoing FY2011 budget negotiations. Apparently, the White House still hasn’t come up with a solid answer for those questions.
At today’s briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney ducked questions about the “unfortunate timing” of Vice President Biden’s trip and what staff members are handling negotiations during the Vice President’s absence. This, of course, left us wondering whether the White House is actually committed to reducing spending and creating a long-term spending plan for FY2011.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney On Who Is Handling Budget Negotiations With Vice President Biden Away In Europe: “I’m Not Going To Specify.” QUESTION: “Who on the staff is the point person for these talks?” CARNEY: “I’m not going to specify that. Simply to say that a variety of staff members, senior staff members, have been in conversations with folks on the Hill about this.” (White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, Remarks At Press Briefing, Washington, D.C., 3/7/11)