11th hour budget watch: Rand Paul holding up key vote; shutdown still possible

11th hour budget watch: Rand Paul holding up key vote; shutdown still possible

[Ed. – Army of One Show goes long.  Bonus question: what would Peter and Lisa say?]

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is preventing a two-year budget deal from passing, as the White House advised federal agencies to prepare for the government to start shutting down at midnight.

Congressional negotiators were scrambling earlier Thursday to lock in enough votes in the House, and that was before Paul, a Republican, made public his dissatisfaction with the deal, which would raise government spending, avert a government shutdown and lift the debt ceiling. …

Paul is pushing for an amendment to maintain budget caps, but Senate sources say leaders have no plan to give Paul such a concession, meaning that he can continue to prevent a vote until after midnight, when government funding runs out. He criticized his own party for reckless spending.

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