McConnell schedules vote on spending bill, GOP senator may derail

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)  set up a 1 a.m. Saturday vote for the massive spending bill passed by the lower chamber Thursday. But passage of the legislation could come sooner if all senators agree to a quick consideration.

The timing may hinge on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), according to the Washington Examiner.  Paul is opposed to the size and scope of the bill.

Paul said he wants to read the 2,232-page document. It’s unclear if he will agree to a shortened time frame, however. He won’t yet reveal his plans.

A Paul spokesman said whether the senator will consent to consideration of the bill or not on Thursday is “to be determined.”

If Paul does not agree to speed up consideration, a final vote may have to wait until Sunday because an additional 30 hours will have to pass after the Saturday vote to begin debate.

Paul has publicly denounced the measure as it exceeds federal spending caps by $300 billion over two years. On Twitter Thursday, he tweeted: “Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses – and parties. $1.3 trillion. Busts budget caps. 2200 pages, with just hours to try to read it.”

A temporary funding measure expires on Friday at midnight.

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