Senate leaders in both parties said Sunday there is no need for a constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning, which the Senate plans to debate this week.
Protecting the Constitution's First Amendment right to free speech takes precedent, agreed Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, each their party's second-ranking Senate leader. Both said they would oppose the flag-burning amendment.
"I think the First Amendment has served us well for over 200 years. I don't think it needs to be altered," McConnell said on ABC's "This Week."