White House criticizes new House debt bill

July 29, 2011 - 12:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is dismissing the latest debt-ceiling bill from House Speaker John Boehner as overly partisan and a dangerous waste of time.

The reworked version of Boehner's bill, designed to attract conservative votes, would condition a future increase in the debt ceiling on passage of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. That would require approval by two-thirds majorities in both houses in Congress.

Presidential spokesman Jay Carney said Friday that given Boehner's difficulty in getting a bare majority for his bill, it's not realistic to hinge future measures on something that needs a two-thirds vote.

With the debt-ceiling default looming Tuesday, Carney said Boehner's bill amounts to a dangerous game and not what the American people want their elected representatives to be doing.