Despite a brilliant speech by Rand Paul which lambasted both political parties for careless spending, Congress rushes through bill to increase government spending by $300 billion.
“We have a 700 page bill that no one has read that was printed at midnight! No one will read this bill, nothing will be reformed, the waste will continue, and government will keep taking your money irresponsibly and adding to its 20 trillion dollar debt!”
Last night the government shutdown for less than six hours, the shortest government shutdown in US history, after congress failed to pass a spending bill by midnight.
The official government shutdown occurred at midnight when Senator Rand Paul blocked the vote temporarily. Paul stood in the chamber and called out Congress for passing legislation without really knowing what’s inside the bill. Paul openly criticized the Republican party for claiming to be the Conservative party, yet driving up the deficit, and predicted a “day of reckoning” approaching for congressional leadership on the left and the right.
“When the Democrats are in power, Republicans appear to be the conservative party,” Paul said at one point. “But when Republicans are in power, it seems there is no conservative party. The hypocrisy hangs in the air and chokes anyone with a sense of decency or intellectual honesty”
Despite Paul’s resistance, the new bill passed shortly after 2 AM, with a vote of 71 to 28 in the Senate, and with a vote of 240 to 186 in the House later at about 5 AM.
The bill raises military and domestic spending by almost $300 billion for the next two years, but lacks the protections for DACA Dreamers democrats like Nancy Pelosi fought for. Pelosi filibustered for eight hours in support of Dreamers and immigration legislation but her filibuster was to no avail..