U.S. Senator Rand Paul released the following statement after voting against H. Con. Res. 71, the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution:
“The American people are sick and tired of Congress spending recklessly with no end in sight. We can’t spend our way to prosperity. Today, the Senate considered a budget that simply didn’t measure up and spent too much. I will fight for the biggest, boldest tax cut we can pass, but I could not in good conscience vote for a budget that ignores spending caps that have been the law of the land for years and simply pretend it didn’t matter. We can be for lower taxes AND spending restraint.”
During the debate and series of votes, Dr. Paul took a stand against an unsustainable status quo by introducing four amendments. Dr. Paul’s proposals would have:
– Provided the tools to make the cuts called for in the budget, instructing multiple Senate committees to save approximately $98 billion for FY 2018.
“This amendment will allow instructions so we could really do what we say we are going to do, which is cut spending. I think in light of the fact that we are for tax cuts, we ought to also be for reducing spending so we don’t explode the debt,” Dr. Paul said when introducing the amendment.
– Placed a check on the continued growth of Big Government by eliminating $43 billion in funding for the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund that exceeds previously established caps already in law.
“What I’m asking us to do is to be responsible, budget for this, stay within the caps that we have self-imposed on us, and actually act like we really believe in what we say, that the debt is a problem,” Dr. Paul said.
– Allowed legislators to honor their word to repeal and replace Obamacare by providing instructions to the Senate HELP, Judiciary, and HSGAC committees for the purpose of passing repeal and replace through reconciliation.
“My amendment will provide budget reconciliation instructions so that Republican senators can fulfill their promise. So that they can actually repeal Obamacare root and branch, as they promised,” Dr. Paul said.
– Made sure the tax cuts are big enough so every American gets a tax cut by expanding the tax cuts included in the budget proposal from $1.5 trillion to $2.5 trillion.
“My amendment provides budget reconciliation instructions to increase the tax cut to $2.5 trillion. If we are to believe this budget, it claims to save over $6 trillion over ten years – more than enough to go bigger, better, and bolder on cutting taxes,” Dr. Paul said.
You can see video of Dr. Paul speaking on the floor HERE.