By Sam Youngman - 09/08/09 07:18 PM EDT
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs criticized the Senate Finance Committee 24 hours before President Barack Obama is set to address Congress, questioning
why lobbyists have a copy of the committee bill before the
Gibbs demurred when asked if he was impugning committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), one of Obama's closest allies on healthcare.
Gibbs said he was told that "K Street had a copy of the Baucus plan, meaning, not surprisingly, the special interests have gotten a copy of the plan that I understand was given to committee members today."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he had not seen Baucus's draft either, when asked during a briefing at the White House after a meeting with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).