Sen. Rand Paul: ‘There Is No Conservative Party’ Because Republicans Are ‘Only For Spending Restraint In Theory’

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Only 21 fellow Senate Republicans joined Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to support his “penny plan” that would have balanced the federal budget by 2023 by enacting one percent cuts across the board. Paul is dismayed, if not unsurprised, by this woeful showing from Senate Republicans and pointed to their glaring hypocrisy in a series of brutal Tweets.

Some of Paul’s most substantive Tweets from today can be seen here:

Paul also posted some of the most ridiculous and glaring examples of waste that have been effectively protected due to the craven inaction of the GOP-dominated legislature:

The legislators who voted against Paul’s proposal are: U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), Roy Blunt (R-Missouri), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Richard Burr (R-North Carolina), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Dean Heller (R-Nevada), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Johnny Isaksson (R-Georgia), Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), David Perdue (R-Georgia), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota), Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), and Todd Young (R-Indiana).

U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Micheal Enzi (R-Wyoming), Deb Fischer (R-Nebraska), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), James Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska), Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), and Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania) stood with Rand and supported the proposal.

The full text of the failed legislation can be seen here.


  1. But the Republican party has and attracts those kinds of people and voters. The problem is Republicans have a monopoly on sanity there is no viable alternative and there is a clear and present danger if they are not in office.

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