Jack Lew has misrepresented the Obama budget before Congress and misled the public about who’s to blame for our lack of a budget.
In TV interviews, Lew has suggested that Senate Democrats have failed to pass a budget because of Republican filibusters. This is false and he has been corrected, yet he has never apologized. He has repeatedly misled the American public by saying that the Senate needs 60 votes to pass a budget. In fact, budgets cannot be filibustered and can be passed with a simple majority—only 51 votes—something a former OMB director and former top aide to the House Speaker has no excuse not to know.1
According to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Lew misrepresented Obama’s 2012 budget by claiming that it did not add to the debt. “His testimony before the Senate Budget Committee less than two years ago was so outrageous and false that it alone disqualifies him,” Sessions says.2
Lew, as the president’s budget director, falsely claimed that Obama’s budget—a budget which he had helped craft—would not add to the debt of the United States. “To ‘look the American people in the eye’ and make such a statement remains the most direct and important false assertion during my entire time in Washington… [W]e need a Secretary of Treasury that the American people, the Congress, and the world will know is up to the task of getting America on the path to prosperity not the path to decline. Jack Lew is not that man,” Sessions says.3
Call Your Senator and tell them say No to Jack Lew
1. Kessler, Glenn:”Jack Lew’s misleading claim about the Senate’s failure to pass a budget resolution ,” Washington Post, February 13, 2012.
2. Hall, Wynton: “Sen Sessions: ‘Jack Lew Must Never Be Secretary of Tresury,’” breitbart.com, January 9, 2013.