McCain Reverts to Maverick Status in Budget Debate

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Members of the Montgomery County Council, as well as local activists and members the the Montgomery County Board of Education, took part in a shopping venture to see if they could live on $5.00 a day worth of food on Feb. 4, 2013. They had a $25.00 limit (5-day supply) as part of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the new name for food stamps). It was an effort to raise poverty awareness in an otherwise affluent county.

Sen. John McCain is reverting to maverick status in an attempt to reach a grand bargain to avoid the ongoing sequestration.

While most of his fellow Republicans have opposed closing special-interest tax loopholes, preferring to cut food stamps instead, McCain, an Arizona Republican, said there are plenty of loopholes that should be sacrificed on the altar of fiscal responsibility.

“Republicans have betrayed our base by allowing this kind of pork-barrel and earmark spending to go on,” he said on“Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend on Bloomberg Television.

He praised President Barack Obama, who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election, for finally reaching out to Republicans in Congress, and acknowledged that his party “may have to make some concessions on our side” to reach a deal to replace $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts that began to take effect March 1.

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