White House spokesman Robert Gibbs showed the frustration shared by
President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, who have
found themselves bogged down by legislative red tape.
"Sixty is the new 50, and I don't mean age," he said in a press briefing Tuesday, according to The Huffington Post. "To do anything in this town now you have to get 60 votes. And it is certainly not the way that many of the people who work in the Senate, including senators, thought that this is the way it ought to work."
Gibbs's remarks came after the U.S. Senate failed to advance the annual defense authorization bill, which had an amendment to repeal the ban on openly gay and lesbian military service members.