Rand Paul's Ego Shut the Government Down Last Night

Posted February 12, 2018

In doing so, he forced the vote procedurally to occur after 1 a.m. ET on Friday, after government funding expired. Vice President Mike Pence, in South Korea for the Winter Olympics, said the administration was "hopeful" the shutdown would not last long.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House moved swiftly early Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal, overcoming opposi...

The bill was approved by a wide margin in the Senate and survived a rebellion of 67 conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives thanks to the support of some Democrats.

He sent a successive tweet to try to deflect attention from the massive spending increases he signed into law that he and Republicans railed against during former President Barack Obama's time in office. Why was he against the deal?

Beyond $300 billion worth of increases for the military and domestic programs, the agreement 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. My theory is that they continue to drive up the military spending and push poorer people into unsafe conditions to indirectly give them little options besides to go into the military and put their lives at risk. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a fiscal conservative and resident contrarian, pumped the brakes, using his objection allowed under Senate rules to delay a vote until after 1 a.m. Friday.

Paul was able to block a procedural vote to move the timing of a vote on the funding bill since the request needed the unanimous consent of all 100 Senate members. Paul had harsh words for his own party. And if any amendment passed, it would blow up the budget agreement.

"I can't in all good honesty, in all good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits", said Paul on the Senate floor, delaying the budget vote until after the midnight deadline, according to the Post.

The deal passed by a Republican-controlled Congress should also finally shatter the myth that budget deficits matter to either party, since the agreement not only exceeds the limits imposed by the Congress' own 2011 Budget Control Act, but because it will also drastically increase USA public debt, which now stands at $15 trillion (€12.26 trillion).

The deal, the fifth temporary funding measure for the fiscal year that began October 1, replenishes federal coffers until March 23, giving lawmakers more time to write a full-year budget.

Democrats have sought to link the federal funding debate to a permanent solution for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers, who were shielded from deportation under the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The deal, negotiated by congressional leaders and unveiled late Wednesday evening, infuriated conservatives who objected to the plumped-up domestic spending, and the last-minute, dark-of-night deal.

But Democrats also had their divisions and wrangling, largely with liberal upset the measure were not tied to any plans to assist the "Dreamer" immigrants.

The bill was equally delayed in the House after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made an impassioned case to her colleagues this week to vote against a bipartisan measure negotiated by her Senate counterpart, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Her vote came after she spoke on the House floor for eight hours Wednesday, reading story after emotional story about DREAMers who aspire to become US citizens.

Democrats want to extend the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which lets the immigrants temporarily live and work in the USA but that Trump would end March 5.

The colossal bill, which lawmakers had been negotiating for months, is a game-changing piece of legislation, clearing the decks for Congress in dealing with major spending issues as well as doling out disaster relief money and hiking the debt ceiling, which was set to be reached next month. House Speaker Paul Ryan said he supports the bill and says we are risking the military with not having the funding.