Throughout this shutdown mess, the White House has repeatedly said that the President will reject any efforts to fund the government piecemeal.
"This piecemeal approach is - it's gimmickry, and it's irresponsible," Press Secretary Jay Carney said.
Except that sometimes piecemeal approaches do work for the White House.
In that same briefing, Carney told reporters that the President would make sure families of fallen U.S. soldiers would receive death benefits.
No one can or would argue with the fact that families of our fallen troops deserve funds immediately.
But is the White House sending mixed messages?
Outfront: Virginia's Democratic Senator Tim Kaine. He's a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.