Don't Blame Rand Paul for Last Night's Shutdown

NATION-NOW     How one GOP senator – Rand Paul – could trigger a government shutdown     
       How Rand Paul could trigger a government shutdown by himself

NATION-NOW How one GOP senator – Rand Paul – could trigger a government shutdown How Rand Paul could trigger a government shutdown by himself

The closure, however, only lasted a few hours, after both the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Senate voted in favor of a budget agreement to provide funds to the Trump government for the next two years The agreement reached between Republicans and Democrats contemplates an increase in spending of at least USA $300,000 million that will also increase public debt. The left flank of the Democrats and the Republican's fiscally conservative Tea Party wing have already voiced their intention to vote against the bipartisan bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said President Donald Trump "says he will sign" the legislation.

But the delay to the vote that pushed it past midnight put the government in a brief shutdown while congressional proceedings continued into the early morning. Sen.

But Mr Paul refused to yield and allow an early vote, forcing a shutdown while highlighting his policy priorities about excessive government spending.

"Sadly, we needed some Democrats votes for passage".

Such disputes won't help the party energize the Hispanic and liberal voters it will need as it tries capturing House and perhaps Senate control in November. Rand Paul of Kentucky went rogue and stalled a vote in protest over his party's willingness to bust the budget.

"The reason I'm here tonight is to put people on the spot", Paul said on the Senate floor. The bill provides a framework for government spending for the next two years, blowing out budget restraints even as the Trump administration implements tax cuts passed by Congress last year. "I think it's important that we have this debate", he said.

"Without more Republicans in Congress, we were forced to increase spending on things we do not like or want in order to finally, after many years of depletion, take care of our Military".

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With America back on track with $1 trillion a year budget deficits, it's unsurprising that President Trump made no mention of the national debt or the budget in his State of the Union address.

"Nobody wants a shutdown", Pelosi told the House moments before the vote. He also called the bill a "big victory" for the military.

Paul's dissent dragged the Senate proceedings into the wee hours past the deadline, underscoring the persistent inability of Congress and Trump to deal efficiently with Washington's most basic fiscal obligation of keeping the government open.

The bipartisan legislation, which keeps the government running until March, raised the debt ceiling, allocated $160 billion to the Pentagon and another $128 billion for domestic spending.

Just three weeks ago, Senate Democrats sparked a three-day partial government shutdown by staging a filibuster on a spending bill, seeking relief for "Dreamer" immigrants who've lived in the country illegally since they were children.

Dan Holler, vice president of communications and government relations at the conservative advocacy group Heritage Action for America, said the group plans to hold members accountable for voting on the budget bill through the group's voter scorecard. The effects were expected to be minimal given that it started and is expected to finish with Trump's signature before most of the federal workforce arrives at work Friday morning. But they're likely to follow closely the defense policy bill approved by Congress late a year ago.

"I don't know why we're burning time here", he groused. "We will solve this DACA problem", he said. There also is no offset reduction for almost $90 billion in new disaster aid for USA states and territories ravaged by hurricanes or wildfires a year ago.

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