By Mario Trujillo - 10/16/13 12:40 PM EDT
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) on Wednesday urged her GOP colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) to allow a Senate budget deal to hit the floor without delay.
Ayotte said delaying a Senate bill with procedural tactics would have little point.
“Even if you are going to vote against it, let's get the agreement resolved,” she said.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who opposed Cruz's strategy of tying ObamaCare defunding to funding the government, said Tuesday night that Republicans should admit defeat.
“Republicans have to understand we have lost this battle, as I predicted weeks ago, that we would not be able to win because we were demanding something that was not achievable,” McCain told The New York Times.
Ayotte said she “absolutely” agrees with her ally, adding, “It was an ill-conceived strategy from the beginning, not a winning strategy.”
She urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to allow a vote in the House, even if it depends on Democratic support for passage. She said she does not envy him.
“I know he has been in a difficult position, but we’re at the time where we have to get it done, so I believe that he needs to bring it up for a vote,” she said.