December 15th, 2013
10:29 AM ET
8 months ago

McCain says he would vote for budget deal

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Sunday he'll vote for a compromise budget bill in the Senate that would prevent another government shutdown.

"I hope it will pass the Senate," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We must not shut down the government again. We can't do that to the people of this country and my state."

The House approved the measure last week, but many GOP senators, raising a variety of concerns, are expected to vote against the bill. Despite their opposition, a few Republicans, including McCain, may help push the bill through the Senate.

Senate expected to pass budget bill – narrowly

McCain said he has spoken with military leaders who approve the deal because it "gives them relief from the harsh effects of sequestration."

CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley asked if McCain would vote for the budget package as long as it stays the same.

"Yes," McCain said.

Final congressional approval would mark a rare win for bipartisanship and a step up for a Congress infected with political dysfunction and held in low public esteem, with midterm elections less than a year off.

– CNN’s Ted Barrett and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Mighty thoughtful. Here's the rub. Who really cars what he'd vote for, or against? He's washed up. A has been that should have never been in the first place. So who really cares?

    December 15, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Anonymous

    There he was, Senator McCain speaking from Kiev, Ukraine, standing with the protesters- giving him their support.
    He just can't stay home. As usual, I wonder what he accomplished.

    December 15, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Mike in Texas

    The main reason that Non Tea Party Republicans support this is that they do not want another Govt. shutdown pinned on their party. They want to keep the Obamacare attack going until the Mid Terms and see where it gets them. They saw in October how their party took the blame for the shutdown so they will play nice for now. Same with Democrats, they have to show compromise too or Republicans will go after them for not compromising.

    December 15, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    I hope McCain did not promise any one weapons. Today we are all Georgians, er I mean Ukranians.

    December 15, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. king

    you know what its crazy but i really feels that mccaine is not playing politics this time and he really believe in what he is saying. those other repubs, i will not take water from them in a desert, because they always seems to be fishing for something.

    December 15, 2013 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. sammy750

    Jim DeMint, Koch brothers, Heritage all want the budget deal defeated. Anyone that opposes their views will be defeated. This is the power of Lobbyist and not the people running our government. The voters have lost their voices to the law makers. So why should we elect them again.

    December 15, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Dennis Freeman

    My day is complete just knowing how McCain will vote.

    December 15, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. jeremy rnr

    It's official, if Mccain would vote for the budget deal then it is an awful compromise for conservatives.

    December 15, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |