Friday, December 14, 2012

What’s Happening With the “Fiscal Cliff”? Premier’s Blair Childs Explains

Somehow, I don’t find this reassuring,

What other things are you hearing inside the Capitol?

You know, you go and talk to the members of Congress—and I’ve been talking to them in the past few days—and none of them know what’s going on. And these are fairly high-up people. And it’s because this really is a Boehner-Obama conversation [between President Barack Obama and John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives]. And of course, Bohener is talking to McConnell [Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader], and the President is talking to Reed [Harry Reed, Senate Majority Leader], and to a lesser extent, Pelosi [Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader]. Last week, I met with someone very senior in the Republican leadership in the House, and he really didn’t know what was going on.

Would you say this is unprecedented?

I would have said in 2011, when they did the sequestration solution  during the debt ceiling standoff, that that was equally unprecedented. And they put together a deal for that, and there was a fallback; and they could even potentially do the same kind of thing here. And if they pitch it to the committees, which I think is very possible, meaning the Congress has to work it out, then we’ll be back in the conflict between the House and Senate.

Read the whole interview here: What’s Happening With the “Fiscal Cliff”? Premier’s Blair Childs Explains

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