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Rubio in tea party standoff with McCain over budget

Associated Press: A long-simmering feud between establishment Republicans and tea partyers broke into full view Thursday, with Sen. John McCain accusing younger colleagues of overplaying their hands and tempting Democrats to change Senate rules that protect the minority party.

Tactics for dealing with the government's budget and debt became the latest quarrel In a string of them between McCain -- sometimes joined by other traditionalist Republicans -- and tea party champions such as Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Marco Rubio of Florida.

Those four won Senate seats by defying the party establishment, and are shaking up the tradition-bound Senate with no-compromise, no-apology stands on key issues like debt and deficits, government spending and the use of drones in the war on terrorism.

Rubio, who has made a couple floor speeches about the standoff, tweeted this evening:

  • Will keep objecting to budget negotiations moving forward until Senate leaders agree to rule out raising #DebtLimit.
  • If they don't plan to raise #DebtLimit in budget then why do they object to putting it in writing upfront?"
  • The "usual" way of doing business in #Senate is what got us a $17 trillion #Debt in the first place.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:38pm]


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