- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The White House lashed out at congressional Republicans Wednesday for risking a government shutdown within two weeks by trying to include “ideological” budget provisions that the administration said will protect big banks and polluters.

Presidential press secretary Josh Earnest said the White House is “disappointed … that congressional Republicans are whistling past the graveyard of a government shutdown.”

“None of this is how the budget process is supposed to work,” Mr. Earnest said. “If Republicans go back to the strategy of trying to pass budget legislation along party lines, they’ll see that process doesn’t work.”

The White House and Congress have agreed on the broad outlines of a budget deal, but lawmakers face a Dec. 11 deadline for completing appropriations for a variety of federal agencies. Mr. Earnest said the legislation being considered is “filled with ideological riders” inserted to benefit special interests.

He said “this is essentially an earmark” for undermining Wall Street reform, unravel Mr. Obama’s clean power plan and roll back healthcare benefits for some.

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