Rand Paul Holds Up Senate Vote, Possibly Midnight Shutdown


A bipartisan deal to keep the government funded past midnight hit a major snag Thursday, as a last-minute maneuver in the Senate by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul to protest spending hikes raised the specter of another shutdown.

“It spends too much money, borrows too much money, and actually we’re going to bring back Obama era deficits,” Paul said of the bill Thursday on Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto.” “I was elected to combat Obama era deficits.”

Aspokesman for the libertarian-leaning Paul said the lawmaker is pushing for an amendment to restore the budget caps. That effort could delay a Senate vote until 1 a.m. Friday, past the deadline for keeping the government open.


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