White House Budget Director 'Should Be Muzzled,' Says Reid

By Fred Lucas | July 7, 2008 | 8:33 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - White House Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle "should be muzzled," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Cybercast News Service at a press conference in the Capitol on Thursday.

Reid was asked by Cybercast News Service if he was worried President Bush might veto the Interior Department funding bill and then hold it hostage until Congress agreed to strip from it language that annually prohibits the department from issuing leases for offshore oil drilling.

"He shouldn't wait in baited breath to get these [funding] bills anyway because he's unwilling to work with us," Reid told Cybercast News Service. "We're dealing with Nussle who should be muzzled. We're having a lot of trouble getting appropriation bills anyway because of the inability of the White House to compromise on anything."

The comment was met by chuckles by reporters and Reid turned to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and asked, "Did you like that?"

Nussle's office did not return calls inquiring about Reid's remark.

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