There is no sugarcoating it here.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) put forth an amendment to Senate Continuing Resolution (CR) 3 last Wednesday that would prevent an additional $9 trillion dollars being added to the federal debt over ten years. The Republican-majority Senate voted down Senator Paul's alternative budget proposal on Monday evening.
In a press release, Senator Paul made it known to his fellow Republican colleagues that he was against the original proposal and would fight them on it.
“Ten trillion worth of new debt. I'm not for it. That's not why I ran for office,” said Dr. Paul. “It's not why I'm here. It's not why I spend time away from my family and from my medical practice. It's because debt is consuming our country.”
His amendment, according to the Kentucky Senator, would repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time, a move that President-elect Donald Trump has openly been in agreement with Senator Paul on.
In addition, Senator Paul, who calls himself a “fiscal conservative first,” included a measure that would ensure the federal budget would balance within five years.
But fellow Republican senators didn't agree. The proposal failed in a 14-83 vote. The only other Republican senators to support the bill were: Ted Cruz, Mike Crapo, Steve Daines, John Kennedy, Jeff Flake, Pat Toomey, James Lankford, Jerry Moran, Mike Lee, James Risch, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse, and Tim Scott.
According to The Hill, Bernie Sanders supported the idea that Republicans should support the measure, if only to prove a point that Rand's colleagues didn't support fiscal restraint as much as they have touted in the past. In a statement he said:
“I will not support him, because I understand that the cuts that he is proposing are devastating to working families, to the elderly, to the children, to the sick and the poor,” Sanders says. “But all my Republican friends who year after year talk about the deficit, here's a vote that you should cast.”
Repeal, replace and balance the budget all at once seems to be any Republican platform-following politician's dream, leaving one to wonder why fellow Republican Senators would vote down the bill in the first place.
Perhaps the coming days of the Obamacare fight against Democrats will reveal more of the reasoning behind opposing Senator Paul's attempt to balance the budget.
If you want to watch Rand's fiery speech defending his budget proposal, take a look above.