Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed his fellow colleague John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday for attempting to return to regular order in the Senate.
“I will note my friend from Arizona questioned the knowledge of those who are objecting, and he suggested that perhaps our knowledge is lacking,” Cruz said on the Senate floor.
The tea party legislator mockingly called McCain an “esteemed historian” and said the Senate should not be able to raise the federal debt ceiling with a majority vote. Cruz insisted the debt ceiling could only be raised by super-majority of 60-votes.
“It has been suggested that we are ‘wacko birds,’” Cruz added. “Well, if that is the case, I will suggest to my friend from Arizona, there may be more wacko birds in the Senate than is suspected.”
McCain had earlier chided tea party Republicans for objecting to a House-Senate conference on the budget resolution. He said “a minority within a minority” should not be blocking formal negotiations on the annual budget, which has been passed by both the House and Senate.
“We’re here to vote. We’re not here to block things,” he said on the Senate floor.
“If we continue to block things like this and block what is the regular order then the majority will be tempted to change the rules of the Senate,” McCain added. “That would be the most disastrous outcome that I could ever imagine… Are the American people unhappy with us? Of course they’re unhappy with us because they don’t see us accomplishing anything.”
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