The American Jobs Act tops the PressSec’s agenda.
Carney says “no higher priority for the people” than Jobs Act, President to focus on bill until its passed.
Carney pushes vote on all of American Jobs Act, says “very unclear about why” GOP House members do not support every measure.
Carney draws contrast between Jobs Act and debt ceiling compromise: “There is not a single point person here. We are not negotiating a piece of legislation. We have a piece of legislation.”
On China currency valuation, Carney says seeing appreciation “is a goal that we share with members of Congress” and/but adds policy needs to be aligned with overall foreign policy stance.
Carney “confident” trade agreements will be passed.
On Cheney’s call for an apology, Carney scoffs, says “We certianaly don’t owe an apology” for discontinuing use of torture in interrogations. Says admin. “very successful in going after the sworn enemies of the United States.”
Carney: “There is no reason to sacrifice our values when it comes to interrogation and torture because we don’t need to. We can win this battle without those kinds of measures.”
On GOP push to undo EPA regulations, Carney says President will not sacrifice “the health of our children, how clean our air is, how clean our water is.”
On Perry hunting-ground, Carney says “the name is clearly offensive…and from what I’ve read, the governor shares that opinion.”