“I look forward to the government reopening and getting back to really dealing with entitlements and with waste in government,” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Monday evening.

Asked if House Republicans would approve a deal that excludes Obamacare, Issa said they need to vote for something that deals with entitlements and “the excesses that need to be reined in.

“That’s what sequestration was about, even though it was a bad solution,” Issa said. So I think as long as we’re dealing with entitlements, Obamacare being an entitlement, but there’s a lot of other entitlements and a lot of waste in government that we keep showing, but not dealing with.”

The deal shaping up in the Senate reportedly would fund the government through January 15, raise the nation’s debt limit through Feb. 15, and have House and Senate Budget Committee conferees try to work out their spending differences by the end of the year.

“If that’s the deal, are you ready to go along with it?” Blitzer asked Issa.

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