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ABC’s Jon Karl to Carney on Senate Deal: ‘Is There a Little Bit of Ransom Paid?’

The Senate has reached a deal to end the government shutdown, and it’s expected to pass that chamber, but whether it will pass the House is a bit of an open question. ABC’s White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl brought this up in today’s White House press briefing, and asked Jay Carney if there was a “little bit of ransom paid” in the compromise.

Carney said President Obama “hopes” that the Republican-led House will take up the Senate bill in a timely fashion before the debt ceiling guideline, admitting there are really “no winners” in this mess. Referring to some of the more heated rhetoric used in the last few weeks, Karl posed this question.

“Is there a little bit of ransom paid? I mean, there is a provision in here that requires verification for recipients of subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.”

Carney argued this was just a “modest adjustment” negotiated by Senate Democrats, and with Karl tried again to suggest it’s a “little bit of ransom,” Carney said, “Not if both sides agree to it and we support it. We’re fine with it.”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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