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Rand Paul: I'm Not 'Rubber Stamp' on Spending Bill

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Friday, 09 February 2018 04:18 PM

Sen. Rand Paul says he triggered the brief government shutdown early Friday because he's not a "rubber stamp" ready to blindly accept an "out-of-control" spending bill.

"The Senate was set to vote on a 700-page bill that added over $500 billion in new spending to our already out-of-control debt. It was a massive and destructive bargain struck by the leaders of both parties, where both got to blow up the spending 'caps' they agreed to just a few short years ago," the Kentucky Republican writes in Time magazine.

"I simply asked for one thing in this broken process: a 15-minute vote on whether those caps should or should not be broken. The furor this request set off among leadership, the wailing and screeching among Big Government advocates in Congress and in the media — well, you would think I had asked them to shut down forever.

"No. I didn't want them to shut down at all. Not really. I simply wanted them to act like their spending matters. Like the voices of the people elected to serve matter. Like the process matters.

Right now in the Senate, nothing seems to matter except the will of a small circle of Big Government, free-spending leaders who demand silence and 'take it or leave it' votes. I chose to leave it."

Paul added that he "wasn't elected to be anyone's rubber stamp. I wasn't elected to allow business as usual — whether it's out-of-control spending or out-of-control rules that stifle debate and votes."

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Sen. Rand Paul says he triggered the brief government shutdown early Friday because he's not a "rubber stamp" ready to blindly accept an "out-of-control" spending bill."The Senate was set to vote on a 700-page bill that added over $500 billion in new spending to our already...
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