Jack Lew and the 60 Vote Claim

Did you see Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, lying on 3 different Sunday political shows about the "60 votes" needed to pass a budget in the senate.

But we also need to be honest. You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support.

Here's the Washington Post describing how the budget process, done under reconciliation, is actually a 50 vote threshold.

... Lew is completely wrong when he claims that 60 votes are needed to “pass a budget in the Senate.” As he well knows, a budget resolution is one of the few things that are not subject to a filibuster. In fact, that is one reason why a bill based on reconciliation instructions cannot be filibustered.

Steve Hayes of the Weekly Standard, a panelist on Special Report with Bret Baier, goes off on Jack Lew.

Having just read in Jodi Kantor's book, "The Obamas," about how disgusted the president is by the cheapness of Washington politics, it's odd to see the administration misleading the American people on something so basic. Odd, but not surprising.