Much like his father, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has never been afraid to take a stand. He frequently touts his fiscal conservative record and staunch defense of the Bill of Rights in its entirety, something which he claims many others promise, but very few fulfill.
On Wednesday, Senator Paul opened himself up to controversy as he was the only Republican to vote “no” on the Senate resolution to repeal Obamacare. However his reasoning was not a result of the Obamacare vote, it was that it was included in a resolution to determine for the budget for the upcoming year. Of course, the proposed budget would add $9.7 trillion to the national debt over the upcoming 10 years.
Senator Paul took to the Senate floor to speak out against the decisions of the Senate leadership.
He said in part:
“The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. Republicans won the White House. Republicans control the Senate. Republicans control the House. And what will the first order of business be for the new Republican majority? To pass a budget that never balances. To pass a budget that will add $9.7 trillion of new debt over ten years. Is that really what we campaigned on? Is that really what the Republican Party represents? Our first order of business will be a budget that never balances!”
If you listen they will say ‘no, no, it is a vehicle to repeal Obamacare. And yet I have the title in front of me, it says “A Concurrent Resolution for the Budget of 2017.” We have special rules when you pass the budget, that we may be able to repeal Obamacare and I’m all for that! But why should we vote on a budget that doesn’t represent our conservative views?”
Much of Paul’s criticisms stem from the fact that evidently Senate leadership had stated that this resolution was not in fact and the numbers included were “just numbers.” However Paul challenged this statement and asked, “So I say, if they’re only numbers, and if the numbers don’t matter, why don’t we put numbers that balance?”
Paul continued to press fellow Republicans by saying, “Republicans say they are the conservative party. Are we?” He went on to call out President George W. Bush for adding drastically to the national debt during his eight year tenure. He continued to question, “Are Republicans different than Democrats?”
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