Wednesday, March 14, 2012

White House clarifies statements made by Speaker Boehner

By: Emily Chassman

CNN – Washington

On Tuesday, March 13th 2012, the White House issued a statement in response to Republicans, specifically Speaker Boehner’s, previous statements the day before.  The executive branch made it perfectly clear that they “are not opposed to the pipeline as a whole” but they would like to ensure the safety and well-being of the American people” first and foremost.

Similarly to today’s House Oversight Committee Meeting, tension was clear over the facts and staticstics each party referenced.  Press Secretary Jay Carney blatently stated that Speaker Boehner and his Republican colleagues have “decided to play political football with the issue.”  In addition, Carney accused Boehner of “gross[ly] exaggeration [] the real statistics.  Even the most generous estimates coming from the oil lobbying firms list [was] less than 10% of what Speaker Boehner stated.” 

The White House appears calm and confident about their position and decisions regarding the pipeline thus far, “not [having to] default to participating in the artificial world of political gamesmanship, but has a proven record of putting the American people first”

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