Republican Senator Paul threatens 'no' vote on budget plan


At a press conference this afternoon about the ongoing budget process in the Senate, Sen.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday he is prepared to vote "no" on the Senate budget if the GOP does not agree to cut billions of dollars in spending.

Shortly after the chamber's announcement, Paul tweeted that it is actually two GOP colleagues, Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of SC, who were "torpedoing the budget by insisting on busting the budget caps for more spending". The Kentucky Republican has repeatedly blasted the bill for busting budget caps.

The chamber voted 50 to 47 along party lines midday to proceed to debate on the budget resolution, a victory for Republican leaders who had faced the threat of several defections.

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"My criteria is that we have to have enough spending to stop the needless death and wounding of American servicemen and women who are in danger, some of whom have been killed because of lack of readiness and funding for the armed services", McCain told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Graham noted this in his response to Paul's comments, telling Bloomberg, "I don't know how long it takes to figure out where this guy is coming from". "If you don't like the debt, vote to cut the spending".

Paul would like to vote "yes" on the bill, he said, adding he's pushing for the inclusion of language on entitlement reform. "And yet when I ask for something, they aren't willing to do it".

President Donald Trump and Senate GOP leaders are desperate for a show of legislative unity on tax reform after the collapse of Obamacare repeal.