‘SHUT HER DOWN’: Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he won’t back spending bill despite threat of government shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul announced Tuesday that he will refuse to back a spending bill that, if passed, would provide the funds needed to allow the federal government to continue operation without shutting down.

“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 (https://twitter.com/RandPaul/status/940639780911665153?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftownhall.com%2Ftipsheet%2Fleahbarkoukis%2F2017%2F12%2F12%2Fpaul-explains-vote-spending-bill-n2421559).

“The end-of-the-year spending bill will continue spending money like there’s no tomorrow,” Paul said in a video accompanying the tweet in which he criticises the proposed legislation.

Paul’s comments come after lawmakers last week approved a two-week spending bill to temporarily sustain the operation of government, but the Congressional budget office says a long-term spending bill is required in order to keep the federal government operating beyond December 22.

A previous analysis of the proposed legislation (http://thehill.com/policy/finance/362649-jct-says-senate-tax-bill-will-add-1t-to-deficits-even-with-growth) estimated that, should the bill pass, it would add roughly $1 trillion to the national deficit over the course of the next decade.

Paul, who voted in favor of the Republican tax bill last month, said the two pieces of legislation are as different as night and day.

“Tax cuts — people keeping more of their money — are never the problem, Paul said in a follow-up tweet. “The problem is spending. We should obey our rules, stop the deficit spending, and shrink government.”

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