After Adding $1.5 Trillion to the Debt, Rand Paul Shuts Down the...

After Adding $1.5 Trillion to the Debt, Rand Paul Shuts Down the Government Over Debt


With a straight face, Republican Tea Party Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) shutdown the government over the deficit issue.

Meanwhile, many on social media reminded the Senator from Kentucky who was beaten by Donald Trump for the GOP nomination in 2016, that the hypocrisy connected to his tax vote to add $1.5 trillion to the debt makes no sense.

Sen. Paul’s shutdown stunt comes at a rare bipartisan moment in the Senate.  It also comes as a reminder that Trump is not ideological and debt and deficit issues aren’t at the top of his list of concerns. This is the second government shutdown in two weeks. The last on was on January 19.

Sen. Paul and his colleagues recently voted to add $1.5 trillion to the debt with tax relief weighted to the wealthiest Americans, no concerns about adding to the debt were heard at that time.

Even Sen. Paul’s GOP colleagues were grumpy over his move to shut the government down.  Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told reporters bad behavior would not be rewarded by allowing Sen. Paul a vote on his amendment.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke