By Mike Lillis - 09/28/13 06:26 PM EDT
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Saturday lashed out at a reporter for suggesting the Republicans' newly hatched continuing resolution (CR) is dead on arrival in the Senate.
"How dare you presume a failure? How dare you? How dare you? How dare you presume a failure?" Issa asked, his voice rising with each question.
"The fact is, this country is based on people saying they won't do things, and at the end of the day, coming together to compromise. We continue to anticipate that there's an opportunity for sensible compromise," he added.
"I will not accept from anybody the assumption that we'll have failure."
The remarks came as Issa was leaving a rare Saturday meeting of the Republican conference in the Capitol, where GOP leaders unveiled their latest plan to fund the government beyond Sept. 30 and prevent a shutdown the following day.
On Friday, the Senate passed a CR that would extend funding for 45 days, after Democrats stripped out a Republican provision to defund ObamaCare.
House Republicans on Saturday will vote to attach two new amendments to the Senate's "clean" CR: One to delay ObamaCare for a year, and another to eliminate a medical device tax under the 2010 healthcare law. Separately, the Republicans will vote on another bill designed to ensure that the nation's troops are not affected in the event that the government does shut down.
The CR proposal is expected to pass the House Saturday on a partisan vote, but not to go any further than that.
President Obama said Friday that any effort to diminish his signature health law would not pass across his desk. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) reiterated that message later in the day, warning that a clean CR "is the only legislation that can avert a government shutdown, and that time is ticking as we speak."
Issa on Saturday accused the Democrats of resisting compromise and threatening a shutdown.
"No one's shutting down the government except the president," he said. "The president said he won't negotiate. The Democrats in the Senate said that anything except what they want is a non-starter."
The Senate is expected to return to Washington on Monday.