NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd expressed surprise at just how aggressively the White House is pushing back against the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s minimum-wage report, calling the administration “petty” for only agreeing with the CBO when it agrees with them:
I was surprised that the White House has been as aggressive as they’ve been in trying to push back on the CBO on this because they look now just as petty, and it’s almost as if basically you agree with the CBO only when they agree with you, and you’re not respecting them as a fair arbiter.
The President and Congressional Democrats have been campaigning to raise the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over the next three years, claiming that individuals and families can’t survive on the current rate, and that businesses can afford to pay their workers more.
But that argument was undermined by the CBO report, which calculated that such an increase in the minimum wage would result in the loss of 500,000 jobs. That finding threatens to derail any legislation for an increase.
Since the White House has cited previous reports by the CBO to bolster its position on various issues, this attempt to discredit the CBO makes them look two-faced and inconsistent, and could wind up hurting them more than helping them.