The White House on Wednesday downplayed criticism that they had unfairly attacked a Congressional Budget Office report on the minimum wage, insisting that they were “not going after” the nonpartisan agency.

“We’re not going after anyone,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney to reporters aboard Air Force One, en route to Mexico, where the president is joining the North American Leaders Summit.

The CBO released a report on Tuesday which found that raising the wage would help boost incomes for 16.5 million Americans	 and lift 900,000 people above the poverty line. But the report also cautioned that the wage hike would cost the economy about 500,000 jobs by 2016.

The White House touted the income numbers but challenged the data claiming it could cause more unemployment.

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