Paul: Here's Why I Won't Vote for the Spending Bill

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 4:15 PM

Sen. Rand Paul will not be voting for a spending bill that adds to the nation’s deficit. 

“I cannot in good conscience vote to add more to the already massive $20 trillion debt. I promised Kentucky to vote against reckless, deficit spending and I will do just that,” Paul said in a tweet along with a video of him discussing the topic.

Lawmakers on Thursday approved a two-week spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, but legislators must pass a long-term deal to keep the government running beyond December 22.

“The end-of-the-year spending bill will continue spending money like there’s no tomorrow,” Paul said in the video.

In a follow-up tweet, the Kentucky senator explained that tax cuts aren’t the problem—government spending is.

"Tax cuts — people keeping more of their money — are never the problem. The problem is spending. We should obey our rules, stop the deficit spending, and shrink government," he wrote.

Paul has supported the GOP’s tax plan, which is a separate piece of legislation, although he admitted it’s “not perfect.” 

"This tax bill is a true test for my colleagues. I’m not getting everything I want — far from it. But I’ve been immersed in this process. I’ve fought for and received major changes for the better — and I plan to vote for this bill as it stands right now," he wrote in a Fox News op-ed. "I urge my colleagues to do the same."

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