Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rand Paul Spars With McCain And Graham Over Defense Spending

Rand Paul Spars With McCain And Graham Over Defense Spending

Paul detects "no mechanism, no will" for actual spending cuts moving forward.

"I have told the White House and (Republican) leaders that if they simply stick to their own caps, the rest of the budget is fine and I'll vote yes", Paul wrote on Twitter. "If leadership is unwilling to compromise with somebody who is concerned about the debt, then they deserve to lose".

The chamber voted 50 to 47 along party lines midday to proceed to debate on the budget resolution, a victory for Republican leaders who had faced the threat of several defections.

Paul proposes cutting the $43 billion in "overseas war funding" that transcends federal budget caps established by Congress in 2011. "And yet when I ask for something, they aren't willing to do it". The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on the measure Thursday.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., previously a key holdout on the budget resolution, on Tuesday endorsed the plan because "it provides a path forward on tax reform", the Washington Post reported.

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"They want unlimited spending and they want to do anything they can to exceed the budget caps", Paul continued.

McCain and Graham argue the spending increase is critical if the United States wants to properly fund its military.

Graham and McCain fired back, suggested that Paul's opinion was of no effect. "Don't screw up #TaxReform now".

"I don't pay any attention to Senator Paul".

And while McCain admitted the plan "certainly doesn't solve all the problems caused by Obamacare", the former Republican presidential nominee said it proved that "good faith, bipartisan negotiations can achieve consensus on lasting reform".

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