WASHINGTON, February 8, 2017 — Thanks to the objections of Sen. Rand Paul, the government was effectively shutdown after failing to reach an agreement on the budget. Senator Paul says he objects to the $400 billion price tag for the two-year spending deal. The deal was an attempt to finally put an end to the routine short-term budget deals.
Senator Rand Paul held up votes on the floor saying “I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” “Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits. I can’t, in all honesty, look the other way.”
When the clock struck midnight OMB Director Mick Mulvaney started closing non-essential government operations. The Senate is planning on holding a vote in the middle of the night and hopefully send the budget deal to the House early in the morning. If they fail to pass the legislation, a partial shutdown would begin forcing some parks and federal outposts to be closed. Services such as police and law enforcement, along with the air traffic control system would remain open.
The White House has not said much about the impending shutdown. Many in the GOP were urging Paul to vote in support of the bill but he never backed down from his views. During his speech on the floor he said he didn’t come to DC to be liked or be a part of someone’s club.
House members appeared to have reached a compromise for their legislation that expanded the military’s budget, while also adding billions to the current national debt. Democrat Rep. Nancy Pelosi approved of parts of the bill because it funded key party issues such as infrastructure, aid for college student and combating the opioid abuse.
Along with money for the military, $89 billion was being given as disaster aid for hurricane ravished Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico.
The deal includes more money than what the Democrats were asking for in the original budget deal that shut the government down last month. The proposed bill would keep the government running until March.