Diary

In CR vote, Paul again proves to be superior deficit hawk to Rubio, Cruz

In March, I wrote about a spending vote in which Rand Paul diverged with 2016 rivals [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] and [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ].

Erick Erickson had warned the candidates not to vote for increased spending under the pretext of national defense.

Rubio ended up proposing a bill that would increase military spending and the deficit. Paul proposed a bill that would increase military spending by the same amount, but would reduce spending in other areas, making it budget-neutral.

Rubio and Cruz voted to increase the deficit and Paul didn’t.

On Friday, something similar went down. The Senate failed to pass a short-term continuing resolution, which would have increased the deficit by $400 billion. Granted, it did stop funding Planned Parenthood, but it did nothing to address the out of control deficit that the GOP promised voters they would fix.

Once again, Rubio and Cruz voted to increase the deficit and Paul didn’t. Here is the roll call.

In his press release, Paul provided the following quote:

“Since coming to Washington, I have voted against every spending bill that continues to add to our nation’s mountain of debt. Spending at the levels in this bill will add $400 billion more new debt this year. Time and time again, the President and Congress fail to do one of their most basic jobs, which is to review and adjust federal spending and fund the government. While I support all efforts to stop federal funding of Planned Parenthood, this bill is a clear representation of business as usual in Washington – too much spending and too much debt. The American people deserve better,” [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ] said.

(Update: Paul has now posted a speech given in opposition to the CR)

I also want to give credit to freshman conservative [mc_name name=’Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’S001197′ ] for opposing the increase in deficit spending, who said this in his press release:

“I reject more Washington false choices and empty gestures. Nebraskans know this city isn’t serious. They did not send me here to participate in kabuki theater. They sent me here to bring conservative values and common sense to a broken city. Washington’s false choice between ‘fund it all’ or ‘shut the government down’ is nonsense. This city stumbles from crisis to crisis by short-term budgeting. And that’s no way to run a bait shop—let alone the federal government. I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood and restoring Congress’ constitutional power of the purse through a real debate about how we prioritize the federal government’s most important duties. It’s way past time we consider individual appropriations bills and have a serious conversation with the American people.”

Out of fairness, I would have been more than happy to post press releases from Rubio and Cruz, but they did not issue them for this vote.