An objection raised by Sen. Rand Paul late Thursday delayed consideration of a bipartisan budget deal to keep the government open past midnight. A second government shutdown in less than a month is appearing more likely.
Paul repeatedly objected to a quick vote on the deal struck by fellow Republican, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Paul said he was asking for a recorded vote on reversing the bill’s spending increases. That could delay a final Senate vote.
“I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” Rand Paul said. “Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can’t in all honesty look the other way.”
As Paul stands firm, the Trump administration announced it was preparing for a “lapse”, suggesting that officials expected a short shutdown.
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