Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to rip his fellow Republicans for standing firm on a demand for a balanced budget amendment.
According to a report from The Hill, members of the Tea Party Caucus continue to push their “Cut, Cap and Balance” act, which requires congressional passage of a balanced-budget amendment before raising the debt limit.
McCain, who actually supports a balanced budget amendment and has voted for it in the past, said it is unrealistic right now. He points out that 20 Democratic Senators would have to support it, and that's just not going to happen.
“What is really amazing about this is that some members are believing that we can pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution in this body with its present representation — and that is foolish. That is worse than foolish. That is deceiving many of our constituents."
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He added, “That is not fair to the American people, to hold out and say we won’t agree to raising the debt limit until we pass a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. It’s unfair, it’s bizarre. And maybe some people [who] have only been in this body for six or seven months or so really believe it.”
He then quoted an editorial from The Wall Street Journal that used "Lord of the Rings" imagery to back up his point: