Mary Bono Mack shows willingness to compromise on fiscal cliff plan

Reps. Mary Bono Mack and Connie Mack were on CNN today, expressing differing viewpoints on how Congress should deal with the pending fiscal cliff.

Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican who is wrapping her final term in the House, says she agrees with Rep. Tom Cole, who says lawmakers should first extend tax-rate cuts for those making less than $250,000 a year and then work out a deal for wealthier Americans later.

Cole’s comments have irked some Republicans as it breaks ranks with House Speaker John Boehner.

“First, it’s important that we do get a deal done,” Bono Mack said today. “Going into the holidays, the American people want and need certainty. I think going into the New Year people really are clamoring for the certainty and a way forward in the economy.

“I have to say that if you’re going to sign me up with a camp, I like what Tom Cole has to say. You had him on the show earlier at length. Tom presented a very thoughtful, articulate position. I know my husband and I are going to disagree on this. We waited till after the first cup of coffee to disagree over this.”

Mack, a Florida Republican who is also leaving Congress after losing his U.S. Senate bid, did in fact take a differing approach than his wife.

“I don’t happen to agree with my wife and Congressman Cole,” Mack said on CNN. “I think we need to continue to look at ways to cut spending. And if people can answer this question for me, do you think the federal government has done a good job of spending your money? If the answer is yes then you would be willing to give more of your money to the federal government. But I think most people to this point don’t think that the federal government has done a good job of spending their money. And that is a crucial question people have got to ask.”

You can watch the clip here.

Meanwhile, Bono Mack’s Washington staff seems to be busy wrapping up loose ends.

Our Washington-based Gannett colleague Brian Tumulty happened to spot some of their progress outside of the congresswoman’s office.