Friday morning the government shutdown for its second time in 2018, after failing to pass a 2-year funding bill. The Senate was put into recess until 12:01 Friday morning, just a minute after the deadline.
Sen. Rand Paul is the key vote that is blocking the Senate from speeding up a bipartisan budget agreement as Congress creeps closer to a lapse in funding for the federal government.
The budget package, already under fire in the House, was expected to sail relatively smoothly through the Senate, which is voting first. But Senate leadership ran into an unexpected roadblock Thursday night from Paul.
The Kentucky Republican is demanding a vote on an amendment to keep budget caps in place.
Rand Pauls floor speech:
“What you’re seeing is recklessness trying to be passed off as bipartisanship. …[Leadership is] holding hands, and there’s only one bad guy standing in the way. One guy that’s going to keep up here until three in the morning.”
The text of the deal, stretching more than 600 pages, was released late Wednesday night, revealing provisions large and small that would go far beyond the basic budget numbers.
The accord would raise strict spending caps on domestic and military spending in this fiscal year and the next one by about $300 billion in total. It would also be lifting the federal debt limit until March of 2019 and includes almost $90 billion in disaster relief in response to last year’s natural disasters.
Rand Paul was joined by the 30 members of the House Freedom Caucus, who said they wouldn’t support the budget.
The deal was announced Wednesday as a bipartisan breakthrough that could free Congress from an endless cycle of spending fights.
The agreement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, to increase military and domestic spending for the upcoming two years.
Under the agreement, the Pentagon would be getting an additional $80 billion in fiscal year 2018 and $85 billion in fiscal year 2019, while domestic spending would grow by $63 billion in fiscal year 2018 and $68 billion the following fiscal year.
To learn more about the deal you can read our previous article here.
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