Lindsey and Rand's Very Public Sparring Over Defense Spending

Posted: Oct 17, 2017 6:30 PM

A few familiar senators are sparring this week over tax reform. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is not ready to support the GOP's budget proposal until it is stripped of the $43 billion it plans on using for overseas war funding. He's a "yes" if Congress does not exceed budget caps, he said.

Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John McCain (R-AZ), meanwhile, want to raise the spending caps, noting they need sufficient funds for the military because "young men and women in the military are dying today because of a lack of readiness, training, equipment and funding."

Paul didn't exactly agree with that notion and tweeted his opinion of his colleagues's efforts.

Graham shot back, telling NBC's Frank Thorp that Paul is engaging in "subterfuge." He appeared to be exhausted by the senator's all too predictable behavior.

“Senator Paul can’t vote yes on anything because it’s never good enough,” Graham said.

McCain treated Paul's opinion with about the same eagerness.

Paul, however, isn't letting the issue go.

"Cut taxes, grow the economy," the senator told Fox News. "If you don't like the debt, vote to cut the spending."