Gibbs takes shot at Finance Committee


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs criticized the Senate Finance Committee 24 hours before President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaHow dealmaker Trump can resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Ex-House intel chairman: US 'not necessarily winning' the cyber war Peter King to Trump: ‘Slow down’ on tweets and get the job done 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 BaucusFive reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination The mysterious sealed opioid report fuels speculation 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 ReidIf Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief Democrats declare victory after Puzder bows out 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 BidenTop union offers backing for Ellison in DNC race John Kerry to teach at Yale on global issues Ellison needles Perez for 'unverifiable' claim of DNC support MORE and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).