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John McCain: Voting against budget deal 'lacks some intellectual integrity'

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. chided his fellow Republican colleagues who have already signaled that they plan to vote against the budget deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

"My only response to that is that I respect their vote but I'd like to know what we do in order to avoid another shutdown of the government, McCain said Tuesday afternoon.

McCain added that the only alternative to the budget deal was a government shutdown, which he repeatedly criticized during his speech.

"I have concerns about the budget deal, everybody I think does because of the nature the way business is done, but to somehow vote against it without an alternative to keep the government from shutting down, then I think lacks some intellectual integrity."

McCain said that he would vote for the bill because it alleviated pain from sequestration cuts and avoid another government shutdown.

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