Former CBO Director: Our Credibility Has Never Been Based on Whether WH Press Sec. Likes Us or Not

At yesterday’s White House press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer essentially questioned the legitimacy and credibility of the Congressional Budget Office when questioned by reporters over why Republicans were pushing their healthcare bill before receiving a score from the nonpartisan agency.

This morning on CNN, former CBO director Douglas Holtz-Eakin provided a response to that criticism, telling hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow that the CBO is used to it while needling Spicer a bit in the process.

“Sadly they are like the sun coming up,” he said. “If you work at CBO, you’re subject to criticism all the time. This is just par for the course. It’s their job to make the tough calls on what legislation costs.”

Holtz-Eakin continued, “And that sometimes disappoints the authors of that legislation. The credibility of the CBO has never risen or fallen based on whether the White House press secretary likes them or not.”

The ex-CBO director would go on to discuss how the CBO has to take a proposed law’s claims at face value and the fact that the current CBO director was appointed by Republicans in Congress.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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