Politics Rand Paul rails against 'wasteful spending' after forcing brief government shutdown

15:01  11 february  2018
15:01  11 february  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Paul was a central figure in Congress being unable to pass a spending bill on Thursday night, leading to a brief government shutdown that ended after the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a

E- Brief . Denied the opportunity to amend the budget bill in a way that would keep the defense and non-defense spending caps in place, Paul delayed the Senate vote until 2 a.m. Friday -- forcing the federal government to technically shut down at midnight, when most Americans were sleeping.

a man wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) railed against what he cast as runaway government spending, days after he forced a short-lived government shutdown with a lengthy floor speech decrying the budget deficit.

Speaking to radio host John Catsimatidis on New York radio station AM 970, Paul accused lawmakers of kicking the can down the road on budget issues by repeatedly turning to continuing resolutions to keep the government running, and took aim at what he called "wasteful spending."

"I can give you a quick example of some of the stuff we spend money on," Paul said. "We spent $700,000 last year studying what Neil Armstrong said when he landed on the moon."

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Republican Senator Rand Paul , objecting to deficit spending in the bill, engaged in a nine-hour, on-again, off-again protest and floor speech late on Thursday. Both parties." His dissent forced the brief government shutdown , underscoring the persistent inability of Congress and Trump to deal

Rand Paul , R-Ky., delayed the vote on the bipartisan measure to rail against his fellow Republicans for acquiescing to more spending than they ever did under President Obama. The delays forced a partial government shutdown after midnight, to minimal impact.

Remember, he said 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' Well, some idiot in government took $700,000 of taxpayer money and wanted to know whether he said 'one small step for man' or 'one small step for a man.' So that's the kind of stuff your government is spending money on."

Paul also took aim at the Pentagon's budget in his interview with Catsimatidis, saying that he has been pushing for the Defense Department to be audited.

"Before we give them more money, make them account for the money they're already spending," Paul said.

Paul has long been considered one of the Senate's fiercest budget hawks, and has turned his ire against his own party, at times, accusing Republicans of denouncing deficits under Democratic presidential administrations while embracing high spending under President Trump.

Paul forced a brief government shutdown early Friday morning, after he delayed a vote on a sweeping spending bill with a lengthy speech on the Senate floor. That bill, which included increases in both domestic and military spending, eventually passed hours later and was signed by Trump, ending the shutdown.

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