White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Monday that President Obama would make no concessions to House Republicans on a bill to continue funding the government.
Speaking on CNN, Pfeiffer said Obama would not compromise on the funding measure.
“And so what the Republicans want is to extract some ideological concession in order to save face for the Tea Party that funds the government for two months,” he continued.
“What happens two months from now? What are they going to want then? Full repeal of ObamaCare? Overturn of Roe v. Wade? An installment of Romney as president? At some point, we have to bring this cycle of hostage taking and brinkmanship to an end.”
Pfeiffer argued that majorities in both chambers could pass a clean continuing resolution but that Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbyists expect boom times under Trump Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions MORE (R-Ohio) was instead bowing to the Tea Party faction of his caucus that is demanding the spending bill be tied to the dismantling of the president’s signature healthcare law.
“The problem is not Democrats and Republicans,” Pfeiffer said. “It’s Republicans and Republicans who disagree over core issues.”
If the House and Senate can’t pass at least a short-term continuing resolution Monday, the government will shut down at midnight.
Pfeiffer refused to apologize Monday for comments he made last week in which he compared Republicans to terrorists and arsonists because of their tactics surrounding the debt ceiling and attempts to defund ObamaCare.
“That comment obviously struck a nerve with some,” he said.
He said Republicans themselves have used the metaphor.
“Sen. McConnell said two years ago that the global economy is a hostage worth taking. Other Republicans have said on the record that they were willing to quote, 'blow up the economy,' in order to use that as leverage to get what they want,” he said.
“So I was trying to describe the Republican position of: We’re going to give you a list of demands, give us what we want, or we’re going to shut down the government, or cause the government to default for the first time ever and do great damage to our economy,” he said.