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GOP whip holds firm to balanced budget amendment

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.”

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