Booker Admits CBO Visit Was a Publicity Stunt


Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) admitted on Tuesday that his visit to the Congressional Budget Office was a publicity stunt.

Booker was talking with MSNBC host Chris Hayes about the senator's visit earlier in the day with Sens. Brian Schatz (D., Hawaii) and Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) to the CBO in order to obtain a copy of the Republican health care bill. There has been criticism of Republicans for not making the legislative debate more public.

Hayes asked Booker about the senators not obtaining the bill from the CBO, which is not allowed to hand out that material.

"Well, the folks at the CBO are incredible professionals who try desperately to resist the politics of the day and age," Booker said. "They actually aren't allowed to share it with us and we knew that going in. This was, in a sense, an attempt to draw attention to the absurd."

Booker claimed that the "absurd" was the Republicans still keeping the bill secret.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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