Paul Votes Against Short-Term Spending Bill

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. […]

Rand Paul Discusses 2012 Aspirations, Libya, Budget

The senator spoke briefly about the conflict in Libya and criticized the president for not involving congress more heavily in the decisions to enforce a no-fly zone over the country. He also told the Louisville Rotary Club Thursday he is considering a run for the presidency in 2012, but will not run against his father.

The Tea Party Goes to Late Night: Rand Paul Meets Letterman

Paul was promoting his new book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” Letterman asked the Senator about the Tea Party platform, and the conversation centered largely around tax cuts for wealthy Americans. It started with Letterman making a joke about Paul’s decision to wear jeans with a tie and blazer and ended with a brief discussion of education funding and the protests in Wisconsin. You can watch the whole clip online.

Yarmuth Looks To Protect Legislative Victories From Repeal

Yarmuth says he’s been pleased with new Republican Speaker John Boehner’s nods to bipartisanship, but he’s not sure whether that will pan out over the next two years. While Yarmuth has his concerns about GOP’s plans for the upcoming session, he says the party may have difficulty reigning in newly-elected representatives.