Paul Votes Against Short-Term Spending Bill

by admin on April 9, 2011

After congressional leaders reached an agreement on the federal budget, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., opposed the temporary bill to avert a government shutdown.

The freshman senator and Tea Party darling had drafted a Shutdown Prevention Act that his office said would essential federal services continue to function in the absence of a spending bill. However, Paul entered the following statement into the Congressional Record just after the Senate approved the stopgap bill by a voice vote.

From Politico:

“I voted against this short-term continuing resolution for the same reason I voted against the last one and the one before that – because it does not set us on a path to fixing the spending and debt problems our country is facing,” said Paul, a co-founder of the Senate Tea Party Caucus.

“As I have said before, there is not much of a difference between a $1.5 trillion deficit and a $1.6 trillion deficit – both will lead us to a debt crisis that we may not recover from.”

In January, Paul proposed $500 billion in spending cuts in order to reduce the federal deficit. The agreement brokered between Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid makes $39 billion in cuts to this year’s budget.

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Harold Trainer April 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

This is a sham on the American people. WE have been involved in two wars for 8-10 years costing three trillion dollars plus and it is still costing as we are still there at 250 billion a year and it is all borrowed while ordinary Americans suffer from foreclosure, unemployment, loss of investment, etc. while our govt provides tax breaks for Americans, especially the rich and famous and provide special tax deals for the big business and energy companies. And our govt will not end these wars nor discuss them when it comes to cutting our debt. No, they want to cut social security, medicare, medicaid, education and other programs designed to help the most vulnerable. This is wrong. Obama and demos will not fight and the repubs want to take us back in time to a place where Americans were paid little and given little help.Americans have not stomach to fight. Politicians are afraid and will not fight against the wars. We can no longer do these things when we cannot take care of ourselves at home. The country needs a lot of work thanks to our weak leaders. H. Trainer, Prospect

Harold Trainer April 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

Does anyone ever read these things and make comments besides me. They need to get edgy or something.

G S April 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I am glad that Sen Paul voted against the temporary extension. The cuts are too small. We needed to at least get the $60 billion. We have spent ourselves into oblivion and are on the verge of Greece if we don’t change our path. We can’t keep spending money we don’t have. It would be like trying to get blood out of a turnip. Thank you Sen Paul for doing what we sent you to Washington to do! Keep up the great work!

Harold Trainer April 10, 2011 at 8:48 am

Ryan and Repubs are plunging a dagger into the middle of American society with generational and age medicare reform which will establish the young against the old supported by the me first principle of Republican conservative principles. Why are the wars and defense contracts never discussed by Ryan and Republicans and Democrats? Why?? Why?? These wars are ruining us fiscally, monetarily and morally. Our moral compass is ruined and allowing Republicans to take Americans back in time to the pre 1930’s where people were really hurting. Harold Trainer, Prospect

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