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    Senators Fear Rand Paul Will Make Them Work the Weekend

    Senators Fear Rand Paul Will Make Them Work the Weekend

    By JIM NEWELL
    MARCH 22, 2018

    Sen. Richard Shelby, a senior appropriator who did much of the spade work on the $1.3 trillion appropriations bill now rushing its way through Congress, still has no idea when the Senate will take its vote on the bill. The only person who knows whether senators will vote on Thursday, or be forced to stay until Sunday, is the enigmatic junior senator from Kentucky.

    “You guys talked to Sen. Paul?” Shelby asked reporters after Thursday’s caucus lunch. “Did you all feel his pulse?”

    Not even Paul’s Kentucky colleague, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, had a read on his junior partner, whose objection to a unanimous consent request during the budget debate in February led to a brief government shutdown.

    “We’ll find out in the next few hours how quickly we’ll be able to move this,” McConnell told reporters, in a rare acknowledgement of their existence in the hallway outside his office.

    ...

    When asked what he plans to do early Thursday afternoon, Sen. Paul said that he was only on Page 56 of the bill and refused further comment.
    https://slate.com/news-and-politics/...ent-again.html



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    What? They can't vote on the bill until one of them actually reads it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Ron is wrong...
    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    Amash is wrong...

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    He's tweeting as he's reading through the bill. Currently on page 281 out of 2232.

    https://twitter.com/RandPaul



    Last edited by jct74; 03-22-2018 at 03:20 PM.

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    Great article. Thank you, again, Rand! Now if we only had another 99 Senate members just like him.
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    McConnell files cloture on omnibus, setting up first vote at 1 a.m. Saturday

    BY JORDAIN CARNEY
    03/22/18

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is teeing up a bill the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill approved earlier Thursday by the House to stave off a possible government shutdown that would begin at midnight Friday.

    McConnell filed cloture on the mammoth funding bill from the Senate floor early Thursday evening.

    The move sets up an initial vote on the legislation for early Saturday morning—roughly an hour after the deadline to prevent the third shutdown of the year.

    After that, senators could drag out debate on a bill for an additional 30 hours, which could set up a final vote on Sunday.

    ...

    Paul, who forced an hours-long shutdown last month, has kept his colleagues in the dark about his intentions.

    Instead, he's been tweeting out his progress reading the 2000-plus page bill.

    "Page 281 of 'crumni-bus,'" he tweeted shortly after 4:30 p.m.

    ...
    http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbyi...-1-am-saturday

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    Senate, $1.3 trillion in spending wait while Rand Paul reads budget

    BY LESLEY CLARK
    March 22, 2018

    Sen. Rand Paul was single-handedly bringing the U.S. Senate, and progress on $1.3 trillion in federal spending, to a halt.

    As his Senate colleagues and the U.S. government waited, the Kentucky Republican was hunkered down in his Senate office into the evening Thursday, methodically reading the the 2,232 page spending bill he considers a monstrosity of bloated government spending.

    “On page 207. 2000+ pages to go!” Paul tweeted at one point. “Reading about the ever wasteful $6 billion National Science Foundation.”

    At page 226 of what he called a “terrible, no good, rotten deficit spending bill,” he discovered something he could support, tweeting “I found a kernel of hope: ‘no funds in this act will be used to support or justify torture.’ “

    ...
    read more:
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/poli...206452329.html

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    he's up to page 392 now



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    The House passed it just 16 hours after the 2000+ page bill was made public and available to be read. Besides Rand Paul they also need at least nine Democrats to vote for it.

    House sends $1.3 trillion spending bill to the Senate, all eyes on Rand Paul

    The House has passed a $1.3 trillion spending package that will increase funding for the military and domestic spending and will keep the government funded through the end of September, but it's unclear whether the Senate can pass the proposal ahead of a shutdown deadline Friday night.

    The legislation passed 256-167 with Democrats and Republicans coming together to pass it less than 24 hours after the 2,300-page bill was made public.

    Now, it's up to the Senate to pass it before the government runs out of money Friday at midnight. The Senate need unanimous consent -- meaning all members have to agree -- to bring the bill up for a timely vote. If one member objects, it could force the government into a brief shutdown, which is why many congressional observers are watching Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who forced a brief shutdown last month using a similar procedural maneuver.

    When asked in front of reporters by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy when the chamber will vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell smiled and said, "whenever Sen. Paul decides we can."

    The Kentucky Republican has spent the past 24 hours criticizing the bill and the process by which the legislation is made public and passed.

    "Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses - and parties. $1.3 trillion. Busts budget caps. 2200 pages, with just hours to try to read it," Paul tweeted.

    Later Thursday afternoon he tweeted, "3. Reading this monstrous bill full of grant programs begun decades ago reminds me of Reagan's critique: the nearest thing to immortality is a government program."

    The massive spending package marks the end of a months-long funding stalemate in which lawmakers were forced to pass one short-term spending bill after another to stave off a shutdown. The package includes more than just money to fight the opioid epidemic, pay the military and fund more than $21 billion in infrastructure projects. It also includes policy changes like one that would incentivize states to enter more records into the country's gun background check system and another that would cut off aide to the Palestinian Authority until Palestinians cease making payments to the families of terrorists.

    President Donald Trump will sign the omnibus bill if it reaches his desk, Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters on Thursday.
    Mulvaney admitted that the bill wasn't perfect and wasn't exactly what the White House wanted, but that -- on the whole -- the bill "funds (Trump's) priorities."
    The internal GOP backlash to the amount of spending and the process of rushing the measure through just 16 hours after it was released was on full display on the House floor on Thursday. Twenty-five House Republicans broke with their leadership and opposed the usually party line procedural vote bringing up the legislation. But the measure narrowly passed 211-207.
    Donald Trump: 'What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening'

    "Truth isn't truth"- Rudy Giuliani

    "China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump's very, very large brain," - Donald Trump.

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    485



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    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc


    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannno View Post
    Wow. I actually agree with Molyneaux on something. (he still goes on too long)

    (Headline is wrong though- it isn't Trump's bill- it is Congress's)
    Donald Trump: 'What you're seeing and what you're reading is not what's happening'

    "Truth isn't truth"- Rudy Giuliani

    "China has total respect for Donald Trump and for Donald Trump's very, very large brain," - Donald Trump.

    I am Zippy and I approve of this post. But you don't have to.

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    working thru dinner...



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    I guess he got tired of reading.


    UPDATE 12:25 a.m.: The Senate advanced a massive $1.3 trillion spending bill that funds the federal government through Sept. 30.

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) initially resisted swift consideration of the measure - which could have led to a government shutdown - but ultimately dropped his procedural objections. The bill is expected to be passed shortly, sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...omnibus-480553




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    Kill the bill .

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    thanks, Rand! We see you.
    The bigger government gets, the smaller I wish it was.

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    Thanks Rand and thanks @jct74 for posting all Rands updates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy View Post
    thanks, Rand! We see you.
    Right on.

    This government is nuts and spending is out of control.

    Now that trump has his war department all but ready, we can expect some
    New war against the next boogeyman shortly.

    2018-2019 will be just peachy I’m sure of it
    No - No - No - No
    2016

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    "They sell us the president the same way they sell us our clothes and our cars. They sell us every thing from youth to religion the same time they sell us our wars. I want to know who the men in the shadows are. I want to hear somebody asking them why. They can be counted on to tell us who our enemies are but theyre never the ones to fight or to die." - Jackson Browne Lives In The Balance

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    Enigmatic is the new quirky.
    "The rifle itself has no moral stature, since it has no will of its own. Naturally, it may be used by evil men for evil purposes, but there are more good men than evil, and while the latter cannot be persuaded to the path of righteousness by propaganda, they can certainly be corrected by good men with rifles." —Jeff Cooper

    Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.

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    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
    "War is the health of the State." - Randolph Bourne "Freedom is the answer. ... Now, what's the question?" - Ernie Hancock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asurfaholic View Post
    Right on.

    This government is nuts and spending is out of control.

    Now that trump has his war department all but ready, we can expect some
    New war against the next boogeyman shortly.

    2018-2019 will be just peachy I’m sure of it
    Who knows what to expect. Wasn't there some cardboard planes on a fake air strip in World War II or at some point in time?

    If the World thinks the USA spent X Trillion dollars on something, they give the USA credit for being pretty good at that thing.

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    Ron Paul had it wrong. It is not about audit the FED. It is about audit the entire Federal Government!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Root View Post
    Thanks Rand and thanks @jct74 for posting all Rands updates.
    +1

    My favorite mod
    Partisan politics, misleading or emotional bill titles, and 4D chess theories are manifestations of the same lie—that the text of the Constitution, the text of legislation, and plain facts do not matter; what matters is what you want to believe. From this comes hypocrisy. And where hypocrisy thrives, virtue recedes. Without virtue, liberty dies. - Justin Amash, March 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schifference View Post
    If the World thinks the USA spent X Trillion dollars on something, they give the USA credit for being pretty good at that thing.
    That thing being spending money it doesn't have.
    "Let it not be said that we did nothing." - Dr. Ron Paul. "Stand up for what you believe in, even if you are standing alone." - Sophie Magdalena Scholl
    "War is the health of the State." - Randolph Bourne "Freedom is the answer. ... Now, what's the question?" - Ernie Hancock.



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