Louisiana Dem unswayed by lifting of drilling moratorium, continues blocking OMB nominee’s confirmation.
Gibbs scolds Landrieu at Tuesday briefing, says she’s “playing politics” with Lew hold.
Q: Has the White House reached out to Landrieu to ask her to drop the hold on Lew’s nomination?
MR. GIBBS: Legislative Affairs was, through the normal course of this, going to do their congressional notifications. I saw, I believe, a statement from her that said she was not dropping her hold on Jack Lew.
And our feeling on this is the nomination of Jack Lew is not in any way connected to and shouldn’t be in any way connected to any facet of the moratorium. Jack didn’t have anything to do with issuing the moratorium, doesn’t currently have anything to do with the moratorium. He passed two Senate committees with more than 40 votes and only one dissenting vote, and obviously a budget director in a time of economic concern and concern about our long-term fiscal picture is somebody that you need at work.
We have said from the beginning that the hold was unwarranted and outrageous. And that continues to be our viewpoint, and we hope that as we work though the normal course of a policy that ensures that oil drilling is done in a safe way, certainly that Senator Landrieu would judge Jack Lew on the merits of being a budget director, not of playing politics and getting issues that are ancillary to what he does involved in that equation.