White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew on Sunday defended Senate Majority Leader’s decision not to hold a vote on a budget by falsely claiming it would be filibustered by Republicans.

Lew, who previously served as the director of President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, surely knows that a budget merely needs a simply majority to pass…

“He’s not saying that they shouldn’t pass a budget,” Lew continued. “But we also need to be honest. You can’t pass a budget in the Senate of the United States without 60 votes and you can’t get 60 votes without bipartisan support.”