Gibbs takes shot at Finance Committee


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs criticized the Senate Finance Committee 24 hours before President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFive ways Trump will attack Clinton Armstrong Williams: Obama 'should get on his knees and pray' Obama makes move on 'smart guns' MORE is set to address Congress, questioning why lobbyists have a copy of the committee bill before the administration.

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Gibbs said it is "not surprising" that K Street lobbyists have the proposal, which does not include the controversial public-option plan, before the president does.

Gibbs demurred when asked if he was impugning committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusWyden unveils business tax proposal College endowments under scrutiny The chaotic fight for ObamaCare MORE (D-Mont.), one of Obama's closest allies on healthcare.

Gibbs said he was told that "K Street had a copy of the Baucus plan, meaning, not surprisingly, the special interests have gotten a copy of the plan that I understand was given to committee members today."

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSatanists balk at Cruz comparison Cory Booker is Clinton secret weapon Overnight Energy: Dems block energy spending bill for second day MORE (D-Nev.) said he had not seen Baucus's draft either, when asked during a briefing at the White House after a meeting with Obama, Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to make first WHCD appearance: report If you’re going to meet with Merrick Garland Biden on cancer research: 'I’ve been on the other end of the need' MORE and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).