Fiscally conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) will not support the four-week spending resolution the House is trying to pass on Thursday. Paul says Congress already spends too much money, and claims he vowed to avoid adding to that when he was elected.
Paul typically avoids supporting measures which would add to the national deficit, including voting contrary to his party to stand by his conservative principals. Speaking to Fox News Thursday (see video below), Paul vowed to continue in that vein, noting that the bill currently under consideration exceeds the spending caps Congress previously agreed to.
“I think we spend too much money,” Paul said. “I promised voters I wouldn’t add to the debt. We have a $20 trillion debt. I don’t think we should keep spending money this fast.” He plans to raise a point of order in the Senate, to argue that the bill should not be considered. “I think it’s inexcusable,” he said. “So I’ll be a ‘no’ vote to continue to put the country into debt.”
The Washington Examiner reports: The current bill would fund the government through Feb. 16 and include a six-year reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which Democrats are saying is inadequate. Many Democrats are likely to withhold their votes on the spending deal without a legislative fix for Dreamers, but Republicans in the Senate are hoping some Democrats will agree to the bill to keep the government open.
A least four Republicans, including Paul, will vote against the spending resolution. The others are Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Mike Rounds (S.D.) and Mike Lee (Utah). The GOP will need to find 13 Democrats to advance and pass her bill if the four senators indeed vote “no.”
We have a $20 trillion debt. We shouldn’t keep spending money this fast. The spending bill will exceed the spending caps, so I will introduce budget point that says we are breaking our own rules here. pic.twitter.com/XIvRaLCtQc
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 18, 2018