Gibbs takes shot at Finance Committee


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs criticized the Senate Finance Committee 24 hours before President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSchiff: Nunes ‘blindsided’ me on Trump intel As Persian New Year passes, Iranian resistance sees reasons for hope NRCC claims Obama surveillance of Trump 'confirmed' MORE is set to address Congress, questioning why lobbyists have a copy of the committee bill before the administration.

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Gibbs said it is "not surprising" that K Street lobbyists have the proposal, which does not include the controversial public-option plan, before the president does.

Gibbs demurred when asked if he was impugning committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusGOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination MORE (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 ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (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 BidenJoe BidenWith no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder Obama defends healthcare law on eve of repeal vote Fortune's 'Greatest Leaders' list includes Samantha Bee, snubs Trump MORE and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).