In a conference call Tuesday with reporters, Rep. Greg Walden, Ore.-R, said he remains hopeful that Republicans and Democrats will be able to reach a deal by year’s end to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.
While not directly a party to the negotiations, Walden is a member of the House Republican Leadership team. Walden echoed Speaker of the House John Boehner’s assertion that it’s up to the White House to lay out some specific cuts to spending.
Later in the call, the congressman was asked whether he thought the parties would be able to come together on a deal.
“I certainly hope so,” Walden said. “You know, I can’t image anyone expects President Obama, having just been re-elected, to forego his principles all of sudden. Nor should anybody anticipate that Republicans like myself who just got re-elected and are in the majority in the House should suddenly abandon our principles.”
Walden said he thinks there is some middle ground where the two parties can come together on a deal. But he went on to say negotiations that require either party to abandon its principles are likely doomed to failure.