Gibbs: Climate and Immigration Not a Question of “Either-or”

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It sure doesn’t look like the White House intends to wade into the spat over whether climate or immigration legislation should be next on the Senate’s list of priorities. “Whichever bill has the support it needs to be passed, that’s what will move first,” said press secretary Robert Gibbs at today’s briefing.

The disagreement between Democratic leadership and Sen. Lindsey Graham—the lone Republican actively working with Democrats on both issues—threatens to derail negotiations on the administration’s two top priorities, following the anticipated passage of financial reform. But Gibbs declined to state a preference on which should go first Monday afternoon.

“I think we can make progress on more than just one issue,” Gibbs continued. “You all see this as an either-or, but this administration does not.”

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.