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Rand Paul: Congressional Republicans Don't 'Cut Any Spending – Not a Penny'

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By    |   Friday, 23 October 2015 05:17 PM

The vocal House Freedom Caucus should inspire lawmakers to stand up and declare "enough's enough" – and demand spending reforms to bring down the nation's crushing debt, Sen. Rand Paul tells Newsmax TV.

In an interview with "The Hard Line" host Ed Berliner on Friday, the Kentucky lawmaker and GOP presidential primary candidate chastised Republicans for being unable "to cut any spending – not a penny."

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"We say, 'oh well, we can't cut $500 million from Planned Parenthood,'" he said, adding, "We could. The spending all expires, when the deadline comes it all expires. Planned Parenthood money would be completely gone."

"You just look at the Democrats and say, 'you want to spend money on it? Get 60 votes in the Senate, you can have it back.' They would never get the 60 votes. They would never get to a majority in the House and guess what, offensive spending like Planned Parenthood would go away, but also so would all the waste."

In the end, it's a matter of principle, Paul says.

"[W]e need more firmness," Paul said. "We need more people to join the Freedom Caucus and say, I've had enough. Enough's enough…. We can't keep accumulating debt without reform."

But Paul says he'd go even further if elected president, and "would repeal thousands and thousands of executive orders that have added regulatory burden to our economy."

"The president has great power and I lament how much power has gone to the presidency," he said.

"But a strong and active conservative, constitutional president could actually undo an enormous amount of mischief that's been committed not only by Democrat presidents, by Republican presidents. That's why it's important who we choose in the presidential primary."

With the deadline looming for the nation's debt ceiling to be raised, Paul tells Newsmax TV he won't vote for it "unless we reform government."

Paul wants to attach to any bill raising the debt ceiling a plan that balances the budget in five years. 

"Short of that, I'm not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling," he said, calling it "a bad way to run government" and "how we got to an $18 trillion debt."

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The vocal House Freedom Caucus should inspire lawmakers to stand up and declare "enough's enough" – and demand spending reforms to bring down the nation's crushing debt, Sen. Rand Paul tells Newsmax TV.
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