McCain to vote 'yes' on 2018 budget

McCain to vote 'yes' on 2018 budget

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainColbert mocks Gaetz after Trump denies he asked for a pardon Five reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Meghan McCain calls on Gaetz to resign MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that he intends to vote for the 2018 budget resolution, all but assuring that the measure will pass without incident this week.

McCain had been holding out support based on an insistence that defense spending increase by billions of dollars.

“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."


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.

For Republicans, the budget is mainly a vehicle for circumventing a Senate filibuster on tax reform through a special procedure called reconciliation.

McCain said that tax reform was the central reason he would support the budget.

The Arizona Republican's decision came after a public feud with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - World mourns the death of Prince Philip The Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE (R-Ky.), who had blasted McCain and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Overnight Defense: Biden proposes 3B defense budget | Criticism comes in from left and right | Pentagon moves toward new screening for extremists Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike MORE (R-S.C.) for their military spending demands.

With nearly all of the GOP senators known to buck their party agreeing on the resolution, 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.

Those chances were further eroded when Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranBottom line Bottom line Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future MORE (R-Miss.), who had been absent for weeks for medical reasons, returned to the Senate on Tuesday, giving the GOP more breathing room to advance the resolution.