Offbeat Senate turns back attempt by Paul to force budget debate

20:31  17 may  2018
20:31  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Through the pageantry, and attempts by each party to force the other to take hard votes, final passage of the budget gave a boost to And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) stuck by Paul , his fellow Kentuckian.

John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican, warned Paul during a heated back -and-forth on the Senate floor that he would be to blame for shutting down the government. Cornyn added that Paul , who rejected several attempts by Republicans to move up the budget debate , "will effectively

FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, the Senate rejected an attempt by Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year’s tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren’t trying to pass a budget blueprint this year. There’s no appetite to cut popular programs in such a difficult political environment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 18, 2018, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, the Senate rejected an attempt by Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy. After last year’s tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren’t trying to pass a budget blueprint this year. There’s no appetite to cut popular programs in such a difficult political environment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON — The Senate Thursday swatted away an attempt by Sen. Rand Paul to force a debate on sweeping budget cuts and on federal deficits that are growing despite a strong economy.

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The Senate on Wednesday turned back an attempt to repeal the current authority for U.S. military force in the 16-year-old Afghanistan war and the fight in Iraq. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul , an anti-war crusader, had offered an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act

Senior staffers for Paul tell Breitbart News that the Kentucky lawmaker’s objections forced Senate leadership to attempt to end debate on the budget deal, resulting in a filibuster.

After last year's tax cuts and a two-year agreement on agency budget levels, Republicans controlling Congress aren't trying to pass a budget blueprint this year. There's no appetite to cut popular programs in such a difficult political environment.

"You may remember that Republicans campaigned against enormous spending by President Obama and trillion dollar annual deficits," Paul said. "Now we're faced with enormous spending and trillion dollar annual deficits from Republicans. I think it is important that we have a discussion over this."

Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, offered a budget with a draconian $13 trillion worth of cuts over the coming decade, but he didn't describe where they would come from. Instead he calls on lawmakers to come up with "new efficiencies, consolidations, and other savings."

Paul's move came as GOP leaders are encountering indifference or outright opposition to President Donald Trump's request to cut $15 billion worth of unused government funding.

Opponents said Paul's amendment would force cuts to the Pentagon and other programs and lacked the specifics to be taken seriously.

The Senate voted 76-21 to reject Paul's effort.

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