Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his threat to try to filibuster the new budget deal, taking to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to say he’ll delay the bill as long as he can to try to expose the agreement’s flaws.
The deal, reached by President Obama and top GOP and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill, gives the White House a debt extension, allowing it to borrow as much as is needed until March 17, and boosts discretionary spending in 2016 and 2017, with cuts promised later this decade to offset the spending hike.
Mr. Paul, a Kentucky Republican seeking his party’s presidential nomination, vowed during a campaign debate Wednesday night to filibuster, and came to the Senate floor Thursday afternoon to lay out his objections.
“This is the No. 1 threat to us. Were accumulating debt at $1 million every minute. Someone’s got to stand up and do something about it,” he said.
“I will continue this filibuster as long as there are enough votes here to allow it to continue,” he said.