Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul is a dedicated man.
He has decided that before he casts his vote on the $1.3 trillion budget bill he wants to read the entire bill ---all 2,200+ pages of it.
And to prove that he is a man of his word, Paul printed out every page and has been live tweeting out parts of the bill that he found objectionable.
Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses - and parties. $1.3 trillion. Busts budget caps. 2200 pages, with just hours to try to read it.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
FYI- The 2200+ page, budget-busting Omnibus has been printing for two hours in my office and still isn’t done.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
1. On page 207. 2000+ pages to go! Reading about the ever wasteful $6 billion National Science Foundation.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
2. Remember the $350,000 NSF spent asking if japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine?— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
3. Reading this monstrous bill full of grant programs begun decades ago reminds me of Reagan’s critique: the nearest thing to immortality is a government program.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
Page 226 of terrible, no good, rotten deficit spending bill.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
I found a kernel of hope: “no funds in this act will be used to support or justify torture."
Page 240 good news for states rights:— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
no funds will be spent to prevent any state’s medical marijuana initiatives.
Thank you Congr. Rohrbacher
Page 376 of terrible, rotten, no-good budget busting bill:— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
I found it! I found it! Border security, what President Trump wanted!
no . . .wait a minute section says Defense can spend what funds it determines to enhance the border security of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia
eyes getting tired but really someone should read this beast.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
Page 392 sec 9007: no $ shall be spent “for the permanent stationing of US forces in Afghanistan”
Wonder what they meant by permanent? Some might argue that after 16 years we approaching the definition of permanent.
I shared 600 pages tonight. I’m done tweeting them for the evening. If they insist on voting, I will vote no because it spends to much and there’s just too little time to read the bill and let everyone know what’s actually in it.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 23, 2018
Thanks for sticking with me.
On an interview on the Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Paul said, "When I ran in 2010, when we had that tea party tidal wave, we were opposed to President Obama's spending and we were opposed to Obama's trillion-dollar deficits," Paul added. "This bill will give us a trillion-dollar deficit this year."
But he assured that his goal is not to shut down the government over the spending bill.
"My goal is to say that we should be for balanced budgets, limited spending, less debt, and we should be for reading the bills," he said.
If the Senate cannot pass the $1.3 trillion spending bill by midnight Friday, the government will run out of money and shut down.
The $1.3 trillion bill would fund the government through the end of September.