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Rand Paul blasts omnibus Maybe holding hands with Dems isnt great idea

Issued: 2018-03-24

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMichael Steele: Congress must lead on cannabis reform and stand with the American public Lawmakers renew call for end to 'black budget' secrecy McCain asks Trump's CIA pick to explain ties to torture MORE (R-Ky.) blasted Republicans for "holding hands" with Democrats over a massive funding bill signed into effect this week that he criticizes for skyrocketing the national debt and failing to deliver on key Republican agenda items.

"The debt is up over a trillion the Dow is down...Maybe the GOP holding hands Democrats isn’t such a great idea," the libertarian-leaning senator complained on Twitter Saturday.

Paul live-tweeted his attempt to read through the behemoth 2,232 page omnibus spending package on Friday. Congress only had a few hours between the release of the bill and its passage before a Friday night government funding deadline.

Paul called the $1.3 trillion package the “terrible, no good, rotten deficit spending bill” and the “crumni-bus.” The fiscal hawk previously forced a brief overnight government shutdown last month when he filibustered a stopgap measure over a list of what he said were wasteful federal expenditures buried in the text of a resolution to carry over funding between spending bills.

He criticized the recent bill as so large that many lawmakers didn't even know all the provisions within. But Paul said it has "never been my goal to shut down government," when asked by Fox News host Tucker Carlson if he would pull a similar stunt on Friday.

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