Rand Paul: Republicans, Democrats 'Joining Hands Together to Blow a Hole in the Debt'

By Susan Jones | March 23, 2018 | 8:50 AM EDT

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (Photo: Screen grab/Fox News)

(CNSNews.com) - Some conservative Republicans, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), voted against the massive $1.3 trillion spending bill produced by Republicans and cheered by Democrats.

But enough Senate Democrats and Republicans joined together to pass the bill early Friday morning.

"It's Republicans and Democrats joining hands together to blow a hole in the debt," Sen. Paul told Fox News's Tucker Carlson on Thursday.

"This could have been written by President Obama and liberal Democrats," 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 President Obama's trillion-dollar deficit. This bill will give us a trillion-dollar deficit this year."

 

Paul said passage of the $1.3 trillion bill explains why people are "so upset" with politics:

"Because when the Republicans are out of power, they are the conservative party. But then when they get in the majority, there is no conservative party. Democrats don't care about spending any of the time. Republicans seem to care about it when they are criticizing Democrats, but now that Republicans are in charge Republicans are like Katie bar the door."

Paul said Democrats and Republicans have forged what he called an "unholy alliance."

"Republicans are not fiscally conservative on the military. They want unlimited spending on the military. Democrats say, we'll give it to you. We're not really opposed to it. We'll give you the military spending if you give us the domestic spending. So really, the unholy alliance, the unholy compromise has been going on for decades is, we really have actually too much compromise in Washington. They're always compromising to raise spending and increase the debt."

Paul said Republicans should stand for balanced budgets, limited spending, less debt -- and reading the bills:

"You know, I'm kind of old school," Paul said. "I think you ought to read the bills before you vote on them. This was a 2,200-page bill we got it last night at midnight. I have been working all day diligently through the bill and I'm up to page 600. But you know, I've still got quite a bit of ways to go to read the bill."

None of the lawmakers who voted for the bill or against it had time to read all the way through it.

In the end, the bill that funds the government through Sept. 30 passed 65-32 in the Senate (23 Republicans, 8 Democrats and 1 independent voted no.)

The bill passed 256-167 in the House. President Trump is expected to sign it today.


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