Paul: Budget agreement gives Obama ‘free pass’

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) slammed a two-year budget agreement, which also raises the debt ceiling, saying it gives President Obama a “free pass.” 

“I rise in opposition to raising the debt ceiling, in particular to raising the debt ceiling without getting any type of spending reform or budgetary reform,” the Kentucky Republican, who is running for president, said from the Senate floor. “We will be raising the debt ceiling in an unlimited fashion. We will be giving President Obama a free pass.” 
{mosads}Paul’s office noted that he would be speaking “at length”; Paul spoke from the floor for approximately 20 minutes. 
He added during his floor speech that his party should have used the debt ceiling as “leverage … saying we’re not raising it again until you reform your ways, until you begin only spending money you have.” 
Paul’s campaign is asking supporters on Twitter to “stand with Rand” and donate to the campaign “during his debt ceiling filibuster.”
The 2016 candidate previously said that he would filibuster the budget agreement, saying that he’ll “talk about it until I’m tired of talking about it and until people wake up and say this is wrong for the country.”
Under Seante rules, a cloture vote on the budget deal could occur as early as 1 a.m. If Senate leadership wants to speed up the vote it would require the consent of every senator, including Paul. 
The Kentucky Republican added Thursday from the floor that Republicans and Democrats have an “unholy alliance.” 
“It is an unholy alliance between right and left. They both have sacred cows they want to spend money on,” he said. 
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