The White House On the 9/11 First Responders Bill: Today’s Q’s for O’s WH

By Maya

Dec 17, 2010 12:53pm

TAPPER:  Can you talk about the failure of the legislation for the 9/11 First Responders to pass?  That was held up in the Senate, and I haven't really heard the White House say much about it.                          
GIBBS:  Well, look, we — look, I think the — if I'm not mistaken — is this for a vote today or a previous vote?                   
TAPPER: A previous vote.                                                                        
GIBBS:  Yeah, I think, if I'm not mistaken, Senator Reid has filed cloture on a number of things to vote on before the end of the year and before the end of the session.  Obviously he filed a cloture           on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."                                                                            
TAPPER:  Right.                                                                                 
GIBBS:  That will be tomorrow, as will the DREAM Act, and, I believe, also the 9/11 bill.  And the White House is supportive of all those pieces of legislation.                                                                        
TAPPER: If I could just follow up –

GIBBS:  Mm-hmm. 

TAPPER:  — with you. I haven't really heard the White House say much about it, though.  I know you've had a lot of other things that you're pushing in terms of the new tax deal, the omnibus bill, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but is it –

GIBBS:  I think — let me check it out.  I mean, I think we've set up a statement of support, a prior administration position, and we are supportive of the legislation.


TAPPER: Can I just do a quick follow-up?  Apparently Reid is going to bring up the First Responders.  It could come up as soon as Monday.

GIBBS:  Yes.

TAPPER: And every time you guys have talked about — every time you from the podium have talked about calls that the president is making on the tax bill or the DREAM Act –

GIBBS:  I'll check — let me check and see if he's made any calls.

TAPPER:  — you've never — we've never been told that he's made calls  on the first responders bill.

GIBBS:  Well, until this morning, I hadn't been asked.  But I will — let me check and see.  Let me go back and look through the call list and see if he has.                                                                          

-Jake Tapper

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