Thursday, February 8, 2018

Rand Paul Blocks Spending Bill; Government to Shutdown



Senate leaders, facing a determined Senator Rand Paul, adjourned the chamber until just after midnight, conceding they could not prevent at least a short-term government shutdown, which will begin Friday morning.

Senators are still expected to vote in favor of a far-reaching budget deal in a series of votes that will begin around 1 a.m. The House is to follow before daybreak, though the outcome in that chamber is less certain. If the House approves the deal, the government would have reopened before the workday begins, reports The New York Times.

“The reason I’m here tonight is to put people on the spot,” Rand said. “I want people to feel uncomfortable. I want them to have to answer people at home who said, ‘How come you were against President Obama’s deficits and then how come you’re for Republican deficits?’”

He delivered floor speech after floor speech in which he decried out-of-control government spending.

It is only a speed bump against the deficit increasing budget but it is good that someone is nit afraid to speak out against the government spending juggernaut.

-RW

UPDATE

The House has passed the budget deal and ends government shutdown.

UPDATE 2

President Trump has signed the legislation. The new out-of-control spending is now law.