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MSNBC: GOP Whip Holds Firm To Balanced Budget Amendment

Jul 25, 2011
In The News
By Brooke Brower
July 25, 2011.

The man charged with rounding up Republican votes in the House said he expects that whatever debt-ceiling plan initially makes its way through that chamber will include some kind of balanced budget amendment -- or a plan to implement one soon.

"I think it will have some form," House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told Chuck Todd on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown."

"Maybe it has a balanced budget amendment right now, maybe it has some vote in the near future," McCarthy added.

The House majority whip said that Friday's 51-46 party-line Senate vote to not move forward on the House-approved "Cut, Cap and Balance" bill doesn't mean it's over for that approach right now.

"It did not get rejected; it got tabled," he said.

Asked what happens if the Democratic-controlled Senate strips out a balanced budget amendment in a final debt deal bill, McCarthy responded, "If the Senate dislikes our bill, then tell us what they're for."