Rand Paul says he’ll filibuster budget deal, do “everything I can to stop it”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rand Paul said Tuesday he would filibuster bipartisan budget deal reached by the White House and congressional Republicans, setting up a fight between the presidential candidate and GOP leadership.
The agreement would also raise the debt ceiling, to ensure the U.S. does not default.
The Kentucky senator told reporters in Colorado that he would do “everything I can to stop it.”
“It is hard for me not to use profanity in describing it,” he said. “We should be using the leverage of the debt ceiling to actually enforce spending restraint.”
The deal would increase defense and domestic spending by $80 billion over two years, make changes to the Social Security disability fund and raise the national debt ceiling until March 2017.
Fiscal conservatives have balked at the increased spending, but the deal is widely expected to pass.
“It’s a $1.5 trillion spending increase and in exchange for that they get $80 billion in more spending,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kansas. “So anybody who is a serious fiscal conservative cannot support this bill in my opinion.”
Paul currently is lagging in polling, and has had to tamp down recent rumors that he will drop out of the 2016 GOP primary race.