WASHINGTON: Sequestration and other Pentagon budget woes have been complicated by “neo-isolationists on the far left and far right, and members who are out of touch with what is going on in the world,” Sen. John McCain told several hundred journalists and defense industry officials today.

America needs lawmakers “who understand we live in a very dangerous world,” McCain said at a conference this morning put on by McAleese & Associates and Credit Suisse. [Click here for full coverage] A longtime and dedicated supporter of the authorization process by which defense policy is set by the Senate and House Armed Services committees, McCain said Capitol Hill must return to regular defense budget approval. That means passing a defense appropriations bill every year and passing a defense authorization bill every year. But that won’t happen until the current pattern is broken.

The key to breaking the cycle of the last five years of congressional dysfunction is probably a “grand bargain” deal that solves sequestration and stops the recurring tale of stalemate and inaction, McCain said.

And the veteran GOP senator said he saw signs of hope, citing last week’s dinner with President Obama and the president’s plan to visit the Hill again this week. A senior administration official agreed that there’s been a change in tone heard on the Hill, one that reflects rationality and desire for compromise more than the mindless partisanship we’ve seen over the last four years.

One thing helping that shift is something McCain noted. “There is a growing appreciation amongst members of Congress about the low esteem in which we are held,” he said, noting members rank below colonoscopies in terms of popularity. With an approval rate of 11 percent, about the only people who still think members of Congress are worthwhile is “down to paid staffers and blood relatives.”

But the chasm between the Senate, where rationality and comity are more common attributes, and the House, where neo-isolationists in both parties and deeply irrational partisans are more common, makes a deal difficult. Case in point: the Senate Appropriations Committee’s version of the Continuing Resolution released last night. McCain noted that the House version includes earmarks “and special interest set-asides” for 59 programs worth $6.4 billion. The Senate bill includes no earmarks. The Senate usually wins these funding battles in the long run, but that “grand bargain” may have to come first.

Comments

  • Aurora

    ” rationality and comity are more common attributes” in the Senate? Is that why the Senate has failed to produce a budget in years? As for “neo isolationists” complicating matters, even Senator McCain must realize that our days as the World’s Beat Cop are over? This does not mean a withdrawal to the borders of “Fortress America”, but a realization that our “friends and allies” must shoulder a larger share of the load. We outspend most of the world combined on defense. I keep reading that we are on a path to energy self-sufficiency and that even now most of our imported oil comes from the Western Hemisphere. Why then are we maintaining CVBGs continuously on station in the middle east? Why the tens of thousands of troops stationed in Europe? This costs a lot of money. The cold war is long over.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Samuels/1680736697 Mark Samuels

      Pay attention, the Senate has sent the same number of budgets down to the House, as the House has sent to the Senate. Both knowing in advance their version was DOA. Try that at your job, you get fired.

      • http://www.facebook.com/nancy.jacovetti Nancy Jacovetti

        Wait the first two years of Obama adminstration the Democrats controlled the Senate and Congress and there was NO BUDGET

      • icantcare

        Mark, Senate has not sent a budget in four years. And all of obamas budgets have never received one vote by dems or repubs.

  • FranciscodAnconia

    John McCain

    Never met a global concern he didn’t want to start a war over.

  • PolicyWonk

    “the veteran GOP senator said he saw signs of hope…”

    Which were then probably dashed by the recently submitted budget by Paul Ryan – that was so beyond reality that Fox News’ Chris Wallace just blinked at him and said: “thats not going to happen…”.

    • CookieN

      Still waiting for something concrete from the President…time he follows the law.
      Why should he be exempt. The Senate and House budgets mean nothing but one up manship when there is no Leader to propose his budget first

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1189717685 Jim Vertein

      yeah why would we want a budget that balanced itself, what a fool Ryan is for trying to get spending under control….now the Dems budget that increases spending by $2.7 trillion…. now thats a budget we can get behind just drive us further into debt, its people like you voting in people like Obama, Pelosi, McCain, Graham that keep us in debt. Time for all the old timers in congress to go away. let the younger ones form both parties try some new ideas

  • John

    Want to thank Mr McCain for his service to our country but its time he went home and took care of his flower and veggie garden. Lets hope he needs help and takes the Liar Harry Reid , Nancy the whiny Peelowsi with him

  • think for

    Time for the old white dude to go away.

    • jfb

      Why> the black dude in the White house is worse

      • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.mahr Frederick Mahr

        Just barely so.

      • cb

        not even close..

    • cb

      thank you!

  • Bill Morgan

    Senator MCain..With all due respect..You have been a leader in this Congressional Gridlock..Personally how are YOU going to resolve it????

    • elmcqueen3

      He would do us all a favor if he’d go home and retire and just fade away!

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.cigna.1 Paul Cigna

    McCain…a RINO who eats His own…never hear Dems criticizing each other….

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.lafoon Carl Lafoon

    The current operating procedures within the House and Senate are destroying our Representitive form of Government. The American citizens are fed up with this new norm as reflected by the 11 percent approval rating of the congress. I have to assume they don’t care or they would try to fix the mess the TeaRublicans created.
    In the end the Constituants within the gerrymandered State distrists will fix the problem by electing more Women to congress. The constituants will throw the Republican men out on their ears/asses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dot.alwine Ditzydot

    He is right about the public….we are becoming more and more disenchanted with politicians of both parties. The reason the house is worse than the senate is they have so many more legislators than the senate. I recommend we get rid of a few hundred of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.harlan.710 John Harlan

    McCain, I voted for you, but it’s you that is out of touch with your base.

    • elmcqueen3

      So did I and I’m glad he didn’t get elected…At least with Obama we know who the traitor and tyrant really is…Whereas with McCain we’d have to sit and scratch our heads in wonderment!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Samuels/1680736697 Mark Samuels

        Traitors are those like you, fighting against our government. Thankfully, Vets like myself, support our government through good and bad, while cry babies unhappy with elections whine like two year olds throwing tantrums.

        • lorlan4

          Something fishy about you. I, too , am a veteran, in fact US Army, Retired and would never under any circumstances vote for the fraud that is the whitehouse. I wonder, why you would. Don’t like that Constitution you swore to stand up for and protect? Hope that doesn’t make you a traitor.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1189717685 Jim Vertein

          I too am a vet and I don’t support the government I support the country and the constitution, 2 things this administration does not like. And pointing out and fighting against that what our elected officials are doing to destroy this country is fighting for our country not against

        • GJ

          Well, make me the 3rd vet to respond who does not agree with how our current administration is running our country. I too swore to defend the Constitution; NOT the government.

          You call elmcqueen a “two year old” for calling Obama a traitor? Our president and his administration is SENDING OUR MONEY TO THE ENEMY!!! I’m expecting to be personally affected by this sequester, yet we just gave $60 million to a Syrian group that has ties to Al Qaeda.

          Yes, Obama is a traitor.

        • elmcqueen3

          Another Liberal who believes or whishes us to believe that he served in the military…This gives him some status quo whereas he believes he has the right to speak for other vets…I probably have more combat experience than you would ever dare dream of…In fact judging by your tantrums and self righteousness II would say you are not a vet but one of those wannabe’s that go around the country claiming how they fought for the country…blah…blah..blah..Only do we find out they are lying through their teeth…True vets don’t go around the country bragging around their service and telling other folks because they have an opinion that they are traitors…You are not a vet!

        • elmcqueen3

          Speak for yourself A-Hole…Not all Vets think like you…Thank God…It so happens I am one of them…Semper Fidelus!

  • condocaine

    im a liberal and tired of being the worlds police… if corps are worried about trade,etc ,then let blackstone provide world protection at a cost,,, and oh yeah,,, put their office on some deserted isle or something, so the other nut jobs won’t be after us anymore!!!

  • dmm1047

    Everybody in Washington is “out of touch,” including, and in particular, McCain. Everything is games–at our expense. Has anyone ever seem any member of Congress just throw up their hands in mid-term, say “that’s it, I quit—this is BS” and walk away? Not one has the stones to do that—not one.

  • elmcqueen3

    We live in a very dangerous world…With McCain being a danger to all of us…Remember he and another Democrat drafted the NDAA for Obama to sign last January…So that American citizens can be incarcerated without due process of law…Rendition to foreign prisons for torture…And or murdered by our government…We’re not talking about terrorist here…We’re talking about folks like you and me

  • Cheryl Lynn

    The Dems need to come to the startling realization that this has to be done without Obama. He is the turd in the punchbowl.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Samuels/1680736697 Mark Samuels

      The punch bowl full of Bush urine, which takes time to purify, and make right. The problems existed before Obama, before Bush, and in fact, began with Reagan.

      • icantcare

        Revisionist history at work. Don’t want to correct you but the last time the budget and debt balanced President Number 7 was in office i.e. Andrew Jackson. But in regards to your statement. Obama has spent more than all presidents combined. The problems that America faces today are all obamas stop blaming all leaders before him. He has been in office for four years. He owns this.

        • http://www.facebook.com/phyllis.dunaway Phyllis Dunaway

          You buyin too much FOX news lies. FOX put that crap about Obama spending more than all presidents combined out and dumb azzes like you NEVER fact check.

    • cb

      maybe its your grandpappy instead..red” as in neck

  • http://www.facebook.com/marv.ostberg Marv Ostberg

    Leadship on some kind of “grand bargain” has to start with Obama. He has very clearly said he is not willing to cut spending on anything, except perhaps on national defense. Domestic give away programs? No way will he consider holding the line on those. But that is far and away where our biggest spending is. My suggestion is that we do not do actual cuts, but defer cost of living increases for several years. And promote private sector employment where the actual NET revenue comes from. Public sector jobs are paid out of taxes and therefore are a net budget loss. Privatizing some of those public jobs would create net revenue increases – and cut government spending at the same time. I would also make sure we go after people who are not filing tax returns – where it is clear there is high income but no tax coming in. Maybe illicit income, such as from drug sales, or other “off the books” and “under the table” income – our underground economy. Much revenue there to be had.

  • Bob

    Just go away, your out of touch

  • rayzee

    Come on! They are ALL responsible. Each and every one of them, from freshman congressmen to POTUS himself. They are supposed to be leaders, deal makers, compromisers. If they can’t do that, they are not doing their jobs and should resign.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.goldsmith.16 Anthony Goldsmith

    Fresh from his self adulatory rantings about a 13 hour filibuster (ended, as all great oratory, with a poo poo comment), Senator Rand Paul and his friend Senator Ted Cruz just introduced a bill to assure that you and I can’t be randomly killed by a drone strike on American soil. No mention of other types of air strikes; let alone other weaponry. No discussion of the common instances of Americans who get shot by negligent or unlawful firearms use of local police departments. No discussion of restoring the 4th Amendment by repealing portions of the PATRIOT Act and passing laws to circumvent erosions of the 4th Amendment by the Roberts and Rhenqusit Courts. No comments about assuring that local police are demilitarized. No discussion as to why we have 5 times more people in prisons than the average country in the world. Just the fear of drone strikes. As far as we know, drone strikes have killed and injured exactly no Americans on US soil. So, I would like to know where this “rationality” might be found in the United States Senate? Maybe in Senator Inhoffe who still insist that Obama is “destroying” America and “destroying the military” despite the fact that the budget deal Obama sought and supports has an increase for military spending. Reason will return when the GOP splits into the 3 parties it has become. Within the GOP there is clearly a neo isolationist, regressive libertarian party which seems to get support from the Tea Party faction and is highly alligned with states rights and secessionist groups as well as conspiracy theorists with recycled ideas from the John Birch Society and many of the pre WW2 gropus such as the German American Bund. There is a right wing religious party centered in Dixie and the Bible Belt. And there is a more traditional conservative party – which is quickly losing traction. The GOP money folks bet they could control the Tea Party. They lost that bet. Along with losing the Tea Party the GOP lost control over large portions of the Religious Right – a faction now seems more interested in Tea Party politics as the anti Federalism positions of the Tea Party would allow more state and local control and the imposition of laws favorable to the interests of theocrats. McCain is right that there are Neo Isolationists on the left and right. What he won’t admit is the ones on the left don’t stop the business of the country and the ones in his party have, with their other right wing allies, ground our legeslative proicess to a halt and stalemate.

    • Regis ruin

      How is this markedly different from the Biden actions of implementing certain show biz steps in gun control, eg, big clips, assault weapons, etc? Politicians always put in place partial solutions, rather than complete answers. Both parties. The snails pace method gives those ‘representatives’ the ability to keep bragging about their continuous action, while in reality, they all have the work ethic of rocks.

  • democratjack

    Hey, Rand, he’s talking about you. Yeh, you.
    And it’s not taking him 11 hours to do so.

    • icantcare

      Rand spent twelve hours explaining to the uninformed voter how their liberties are being taking away by the Government. It was great to review and teach the uninformed about our Countries Bill of Rights.

  • DBWCB2U

    Way past time for this guy to fade away. He has never been very good at his job and recently sems to be losing his mind! A forgettable footnote. Though his miserable excuse for a Presidential run will live on, being the prime example of how not to do it.

  • alouisis

    Nice to Hear John has returned to earth. Too bad his own actions have exacerbated the problem.

    One reason the world is so dangerous is the largest arms dealer on the planer, the USA, continues to sell weapons to the highest bidders.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Everett/1031257371 Jack Everett

    The only one out of touch with the world is McCain and his war mongering crowd. McCain is still suffering from delusions when he was a navy brat getting along on admiral Daddy’s service.

    He needs to get out and go preach to the bugs in Arizona and stop supporting fascist war profiteers.

  • antonio castellano

    Commander McCain was an asset for our country, now, he should go away instead of keep on damaging the GOP. Enough is enough.

  • Bill

    McCain is as out of touch as the ones he is pointing his finger at. He doesn’t realize we don’t have to throw hundreds of billions of dollars at the military. The war he fought in Vietnam was over 40 years ago during the Communist vs the West era. We now face a different kind of enemy…one that doesn’t require hundreds of missles and dozen aircraft carriers. John, we just can’t afford it anymore.

  • jfb

    When congress abdicated its responsibilities by deferring to 8 member panels to decide the serious issues instead of doing its own work by debate, and agreeing to panels to create a solution to these issues arbitrarily, and agreeing to a manipulative president who sent to sequester idea to the congress, which jumped at the chance to force compromise or face the absolute and unamendable budget cuts, it screwed this whole country. These gimmicks are not statecraft and not even rational politics, but are simple desperate escapes from their own failures, as if automatic and unchangeable clock ticking levers will do anything but bury the congress in its own waste

  • Tom

    It’s time we the voters ran all of them out and replaced them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sue.boore.3 SUe Boore

    Really? Isn’t he part of the problem in Congress? Not such a good American if you speak with any of the soldiers that were in the “camp” with him. Especially since he is the one that placed the article in the defense budget that said Americans could be detained without a fair trial.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederick.mahr Frederick Mahr

    McCain is the out of touch RINO. High time for him to retire.

  • xpmark

    Yes, it’s time for Mr.McCain to go home,play with the grandkids …pull some quarters out of their ears and tell off color jokes at Thanksgiving.Take Harry Reid that senile old fool with him.John and Harry seem to get along so well.Let Harry stay in the attic that you only half finished into a bedroom,Harry won’t care his mind left him years ago.

  • MS PERFECT

    HE HAS STAYED TOO LONG AT THE FAIR!!! TIME TO RETIRE!

  • Kath

    Got to give the man credit. Senator McCain has never been afraid to say the TRUTH!

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbara.rodriguez.524 Barbara Rodriguez

    Time for McCain to retire….Like right now!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=697236799 Ronnie Davis

    I have great admeration for John Mcain as the war hero he is…but he is a burden now to the consevitives in washington who are trying to save this nation,,its time for him to retire and live long and prosper outside of washington. He has grown more progressive yr after yr. Mr Mcain, its time for you to leave,,God bless you for your service.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Samuels/1680736697 Mark Samuels

    John, you got it right, for once. Our country is being held hostage by the far left/right, and the middle lacks the numbers to make change. Both parties know what needs to be done, both parties know how it will eventually play out, the posturing has to stop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1197360345 Cori Hingst

    Time for John to pick a team, he’s either a Republican or a Democrat. Right now he’s a Republicrat, and it’s not working.

  • icantcare

    Can you say Rhino. Please go home but I would like to thank him for his service in the Military. Not so much as a Senator.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1189717685 Jim Vertein

    John you are the problem in Washington, you are the reason we have Obama, you are the reason for a weakened GOP, why do you think Obama invited you and your buddy Graham to dinner? he knows you are weak and will cave to his demands, that’s what he calls a compromise. And Mr McCain if you sit there with a straight face and say there isn’t any waste in the military budget you are a liar. What I want to know, if $44 billion is causing this much trouble out of a $3.7 trillion budget, then we are in deep trouble. thats like me saying if I cut back $10 on a $50,000 budget would cause me to lose my cable, internet, cut back on food and gas, have to for go a meal..see how dumb that sound. they are playing us for fools, dont fall for it

  • cb

    the president invited this crazy nasty old fart! I bet he was happier than Elmer Fudd

  • Suzzi

    Doesn’t this guy ever shut up?

    Faces I’m sick of seeing on HuffPo: McCain, Sandusky, Bib Ladin, and the grunge and the ghoul. (Brangelina)

    And please, Hillary, do something with that hair!

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.conrick.3 John Conrick

    McCain should go back and fight the North Vietnamese. He was useful once but that was over 40 years ago. Now he is a waste of good oxygen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/az.wi.7 AZ WI

    At McCain’s advance age he lacks the basic skills, knowledge, proficiency and temperament to understand today’s modern world.

  • Tholzel

    The real reason this country must return to a States-rights federalist nation is that having so much power exercised by the Federal government, means there are only a few hundred people for big business, the unions and NGOs to bribe. With the States assuming more power, Big Business would have a much tougher time jamming special appropriations, special tax breaks, special exemptions down the nation’s throat. And the States would all individually watch out that no other State is gaming the system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Boyum/1596603871 Joe Boyum

    RINO’s need to go!!!

  • AZBRIAN

    McCain I voted for you but now regret that vote. It’s time for Americans to take back control
    of our government and the only way to do it is send all these lifers home and get some new blood. McCain, Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Mcconnel, Bohner….. If it’s not working, fix it.

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