Monday, 10 December, 2018

US Senator Rand Paul forces delay in voting on budget deal

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Melinda Barton | 09 February, 2018, 02:31

Here we are again, staring down another government shutdown if Democrats and Republicans can not come together to pass some kind of budget bill by midnight.

The Republican senator from Kentucky held the Senate floor to object to the massive budget deal, pointing to how it would raise current caps on federal spending by nearly $300 billion over the next two years without any offsets.

"I can keep them here until 3 in the morning", Mr. Paul told Fox News.

A fiscal conservative and dogged deficit hawk, Paul panned the fourth stopgap funding agreement reached in the Senate, this one bipartisan, that spends more but does nothing to address wasteful spending. "We could have done 40 amendments", Paul said. The agreement also adds $89 billion in overdue disaster aid for hurricane-slammed Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a politically charged increase in the government's borrowing cap and a grab bag of health and tax provisions.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynDems confront Kelly after he calls some immigrants "lazy" McConnell: "Whoever gets to 60 wins" on immigration GOP senators turning Trump immigration framework into legislation MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, said that it isn't possible to give Paul a formal amendment vote unless they opened up the floor for other senators to offer amendment votes.

The day after her marathon speech supporting dreamers, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she's voting no but not forcing her colleagues to join her. "Vote against the budget".

During a hearing on his bill Paul stated, "Around here, spending 1% less ought to be enough of a punishment to get people to do their jobs and do appropriations on time. So we need to be concerned about a Americans' privacy and we need to obey the Constitution which says you have to ask a judge first".

Due to the Senate's parliamentary rules, Paul can hold the floor until after midnight - effectively triggering a shutdown. "On the net, this is a very good solution".