Rep. Steve Scalise said he doesn’t want to see a budget deal this week that is “just another patch” to the nation’s spending issues, saying he needs to see a trigger that forces President Obama to sit down for long-term negotiations about the nation’s debt.
“We’re willing to get the government open, we want to get the government open,” Mr. Scalise, Louisiana Republican, told CNN’s “New Day.”
Republicans say Mr. Obama has been unwilling to negotiate on any of their priorities and needs to come to the negotiating table, but the White House says the House GOP needs to act quickly to reopen the government without too many strings attached.
Mr. Scalise declined to specify any non-starters that could be contained in a plan House Speaker John A. Boehner brings to the floor this week, after the Senate acts on a deal that appears to be almost complete.
But, he added, “We’re going to get it done before the clock runs out.”