John McCain Says He Will Vote 'Yes' On Crucial Budget Bill

Confirming rumors that had circulated earlier in the day, Sen. John McCain said Tuesday evening that he would ‘yes’ on a budget bill that once passed will unlock reconciliation, allowing the senate to pass President Trump’s tax reform plan with a simple majority.

While it’s still unclear if the budget bill has enough votes to pass, McCain’s support is a crucial obstacle and follows similar declarations by Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski – two other holdouts who had opposed the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“For too long, draconian budget cuts to the military have crippled readiness and put the lives of our service members in danger,” McCain said in a statement. "At the end of the day, we all know that the Senate budget resolution will not impact final appropriations."

McCain had been holding out support based on an insistence that defense spending increase by billions of dollars. Final spending numbers for the year are expected to be negotiated between congressional Republicans, Democrats and the White House ahead of a Dec. 8 funding deadline, the Hill reported.



McCain said that he will vote yes on the budget because he supports tax reform.

The Arizona Republican's decision follows a public feud with Sen. Rand Paul over McCain’s push to increase military spending. Paul seems unlikely to be able to push his demand to cut $43 billion worth of "off-book" defense spending, or block the resolution's passage, especially now that Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran has returned from a medical leave, giving the Republican leadership more breathing room to advance the bill.

Hopes that the Trump administration would manage to pass tax reform by its self-imposed year-end deadline have dimmed in recent weeks as lawmakers criticized the administration's nine-page outline, complaining that it would raise taxes on many members of the middle class while cutting taxes for corporations and the wealthy. President Donald Trump said yesterday during a press conference with Mitch McConnell that while the administration was shooting to pass tax reform by the year-end deadline, it took the Reagan administration "many years" to pass the last major tax initiative - suggesting that it wouldn't be the end of the world if the plan doesn't pass until next year.


FlipSide Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:49 Permalink

He feels safe voting yes because he knows the bill doesn't have enough votes to pass. He'll vote no on a bill if he knows he can kill it.  He's all about not passing bills.

NoDebt localsavage Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:07 Permalink

For a guy who spent time in the Hanoi Hilton he certainly has no difficulty sending other people's sons and daughters into harm's way. He's fucking Ahab going after the white whale.Got a chip on his shoulder big enough to get everyone killed before he croaks from cancer.  Guy wants a war so bad you can smell it on him.  

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Twee Surgeon espirit Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:11 Permalink

No doubt ! Just a good House cleaning on both sides of the swamp of these historical leftovers, long gone moldy, would be a fresh start for a great nation that's been going down the shitter for decades. Kiss the Prog's and Rhino's off at the ferry across the Styx so the living can re-boot the hope of Billions globally. Audit the Fed and make the last check they write for payment to Demolish the Real estate they've been misusing for 104 murderous years of Created suffering..... and some Rope. 

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True Blue Tue, 10/17/2017 - 19:51 Permalink

He shouldn't be voting at all with his mental condition(s) and in fact should be in a cell in Guantanamo Bay given his overt support for terrorists.

earleflorida Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:16 Permalink

from cradle to grave hardliners...--- and i thought the old ussr was bad!thing is they all die off all of a sudden as in russiaPs. american's are to brainwashed from generations of reconditioning and rehabilitation to make term-limits a realityjust look at eastern europe and the baltics, incl. the ukraine where high school kids excel in math, science, and languge (multiple) compared to the dumbed down fucks in ussa schools that can't make change for a dollar!

POORICH Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:13 Permalink

I wasn't there ... but ... this is what was related to me from 2 individuals that I'd trust w/ my life. Two of my USN flight instructors were former flight instructors of John Sidney McCain III ... they clearly stated that if J.S. McCain the 3rd's name had "NOT" been McCain ... he would NEVER have received his USN Wings of Gold.  He was a bad, bad,  below average student pilot.  And then ... we would have never heard of him ... that would have been "nice".  Fate. 

ironmace Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:27 Permalink

I'm tellin' ya, they get a different healthcare. Jimmy Carter is another example. He had brain and liver cancer.anyone else would be dead by now.

Dull Care Tue, 10/17/2017 - 20:59 Permalink

I live in Tucson so I'm sadly acquainted with Mr. McCain.In the last primary election(2016) he did nothing but spread falsehoods about his opponent. There was absolutely no visible support for McCain. Nobody had a yard sign but his opponent had some. All of my friends voted against McCain in the primary, yet he won 51-39.He really is a disgrace, a man with no principles. A man who consistently takes both sides of political issues and will change his opinion to buck what he previously supported. A man who supported foreign intervention at every opportunity. 

VW Nerd Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:55 Permalink

Lets see....Higher unneeded defense spending (along with higher spending on everything else) + tax cuts equals higher deficits and happy bankers and defense corps.  Higher deficits means billions more interest being transfered to the 0.001%.  Making America Great Again!