It’s 6pm (ET) on Tuesday, January 1st and the U.S. Senate has officially “gaveled out” for the day. They are slated to return at noon on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Republican members of the House of Representatives assembled for a second New Year’s Day meeting to discuss the latest bill to solve the Fiscal Cliff approved by the Senate.
Before joining his colleagues in the meeting, Rep. Darrell Issa of California’s 49th District spoke with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the Senate bill, the chances for the bill to pass the House, and Issa’s support for Speaker John Boehner.
One of Issa’s statements does not exactly send a positive message about the potential for the Senate bill to pass easily in the House.
“This bill in its present form is not good enough because it doesn’t deal with spending reduction in any way, shape, or form.”
Near the end of the interview, Blitzer asked Rep. Issa about his “confidence” in Speaker John Boehner. The Congressman’s reply:
I have confidence in the Speaker, he’s listening, he’s making the process open, but of course, that includes people like myself and leader Cantor, who say we’ve got to be open for change, and we want to see them.”
The abbreviated CNN interview is here.
Watch the full 8:05 CNN interview here.