Not only does Sen. Rand Paul dislike the bipartisan budget deal that’s moving through Congress, he panned it Wednesday morning as downright “rotten.”
“It’s a rotten deal. It stinks, and I haven’t met one Republican outside of Washington who thinks it’s a good idea to give unlimited borrowing power to the president and to bust the budget caps, to spend more on the military, more on domestic spending. We don’t have a strong country if we keep borrowing,” Paul said in an interview with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer on Wednesday. “If we go further and further into debt. This is a disaster. I’m going to do everything in my power to stop it.”
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A day earlier, Paul announced in Denver that he planned to filibuster the legislation.
“I will filibuster it, I’ll delay it, I’ll shout about it. I’m going to talk about it until I’m tired of talking about it and until people wake up and say this is wrong for the country,” Paul said.
In a fundraising email later on Wednesday, Paul promised to bring up his filibuster vow during Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate in Boulder, Colorado. The subject line of the email was “I’m going to filibuster.”
“When I take the stage in Boulder, Colorado tonight for the Republican Presidential debate, I plan to rip this ‘deal’ and the rest of the Washington Machine to shreds,” Paul said in the email.
A filibuster or significant delay, however, looks very unlikely. If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) begins moving on the budget deal while candidates are still in Colorado, as expected, there’s nothing Paul can do about it other than complain and object to swift passage as long as there are 60 votes.
The deal was announced by House Speaker John Boehner earlier on Tuesday. Conservative lawmakers strongly oppose the deal and argue, like Paul on Wednesday, that it creates too much borrowing authority for the country while not also including entitlement cuts. Even so, both the Obama administration and House Republican leadership support the deal and it’s expected to pass.
Paul’s fellow GOP presidential candidates, Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, also oppose the deal.