How to read a ‘no’ to the ‘no-go’ for Biden
President Barack Obama’s final days in office have left him in an awkward spot.
With Vice President Joe Biden’s approval rating in the double digits, it is likely that Obama will have little choice but to sign off on the administration’s last budget that has not yet been formally released.
Obama’s administration has repeatedly pushed for the budget to be released before the November 6 elections, even as the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, has called for it to be made public in a bid to counter the Republican-controlled Congress.
The White House, however, has made clear that it is not willing to wait until the end of the year, when Clinton is expected to be the next president.
Biden, who has not formally been confirmed as the next vice president, is also expected to release his own budget plan on Friday, according to a senior administration official.
But a White House official said Biden was not likely to release a final budget proposal before Election Day, and that the final budget would be subject to further review and approval by the Senate.
Biden is also not expected to announce a decision on the White House’s nomination of Valerie Jarrett, who is expected as his deputy chief of staff.
That process will likely take longer than the other three nominees, given the fact that Jarrett is a registered Democrat and that she will likely have to resign if she is confirmed.
The Senate confirmed Jarrett on Wednesday.
The Biden administration has been at odds with Senate Democrats over how to handle the president’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Scott Gottlieb.
Gottliek has said he would not run for a second term as president.
Obama, in his farewell address, said that Gottliebs job “would be to make sure we get the health care reform we need.”