Rand Paul: Republicans have ‘totally abdicated power of the purse’

by WorldTribune Staff, December 16, 2022

Republicans completely “emasculated” themselves in agreeing to the Democrats’ framework for an omnibus spending bill to fund the government through 2023, Sen. Ron Paul said on Wednesday.

Sen. Rand Paul

“This brings upon us the lie that Republicans really are fiscally conservative,” the Kentucky Republican said on Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow”.

Democrats, Paul said, “will not pretend to be fiscally conservative. Not one of them up here gives a darn about the debt. The Republicans all profess to be, but when you make them vote on the PAYGO resolution, pay as you go, that we can’t have new spending without offsetting it, they always vote to exempt it. So the omnibus will be 3,000 pages. We’ll get it two hours before they want to pass it. No one will read it. But hidden in the 3,000 pages will be we’re going to waive PAYGO.”

Paul added: “It would take 41 votes. Forty-one votes would stop the big spending. If 41, one of us said no and held our ground until there was a compromise, we could force Democrats to reduce spending. We have completely and totally abdicated the power of the purse. Republicans are emasculated. They have no power, and they are unwilling to gain that power back.”

“They’ve had the House, the Senate and the presidency,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said of the Democrats during a press conference Wednesday. “They did not do their work. They should not jam us now. They should not jam the American public. We can not afford it.”

“We should not move a short-term C.R. We should move one further into the new year,” McCarthy said. “We can not continue to spend the way the Democrats have.”

Republicans caved despite Democrats having already pushed through “more than $5 trillion in giveaways” to their “favorite special interests,” The Federalist’s Andy Ogles noted. Now, Democrats “want to run up the tab even more in a no-lefty-lobbyist-left-behind omnibus appropriations act.”

“Congress had its chance to fund the government responsibly, and it failed. Democratic leaders in both chambers of Congress were too busy chasing government-knows-best visions to do their most basic job: budgeting,” Ogles added.

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