White House on Senate Deal to Reopen Gov’t: ‘There Are No Winners Here’

By Melanie Arter | October 16, 2013 | 1:59 PM EDT

White House press secretary Jay Carney briefs reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday said “there are no winners” in the debt showdown after Senate leaders announced they had reached a compromise to avoid default on the debt limit and to reopen the government.

“There are no winners here. We’ve said that from the beginning, and we’re going to say it right up to the end, because it’s true. The American people have paid a price for this, and nobody who’s sent here to Washington by the American people can call themselves a winner if the American people have paid a price for what’s happened,” Carney said when asked if the agreement represents a “complete win for the White House.”

Under the Senate agreement, the government would be reopened through Jan. 15, and the Treasury Department would have the authority to borrow money through Feb. 7.

Carney pointed out that the economy has suffered because of the impasse, “and it was wholly unnecessary.”

“And let’s just remind ourselves that we’re not even out of it yet. This is not done. We need action to be taken so that the government can re-open and the threat of default can be removed,” Carney said.

“In this agreement, is there a little bit of ransom paid? I mean there is a provision in here that requires verification for recipients of subsidies under the Affordable Care Act,” a reporter asked Carney.

“The income verification provision, to which you prefer, was negotiated by Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans and is a modest adjustment to the existing Affordable Care Act law. We have always said we are willing to make improvements and adjustments to the law,” Carney replied.

He said it’s not considered a “ransom,” because both sides agreed to it, and the White House supported it. “We’re fine with it,” Carney said.