GOP lawmaker after shutdown: 'It’s easy to understand' why Rand Paul's neighbor was so annoyed

Rep. Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Wieder DentThe Hill's Morning Report — Mueller testimony gives Trump a boost as Dems ponder next steps The Hill's 12:30 Report: Muller testimony dominates Washington Lawmakers, press hit the courts for charity tennis event MORE (R-Pa.) said on Friday that he could understand why Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOn The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills Paul objection snags confirmation of former McConnell staffer Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight MORE's (R-Ky.) neighbor, who attacked him last year, was annoyed with him after Paul blocked a deal from keeping the government open on Thursday. 

“When Rand Paul pulls a stunt like this, it easy to understand why it's difficult to be Rand Paul's next door neighbor,” Dent told Politico. “The whole delay and filibuster exercise on the budget agreement is utterly pointless.”

The congressman was referring to an incident last year in which Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, attacked Paul, breaking multiple ribs, in a landscaping dispute.

Boucher pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Paul's spokesman Sergio Gor fired back in a statement to The Hill, calling Dent's comment "disgusting." 
 
"That comment is disgusting and Charlie Dent should apologize. Senator Rand Paul will always stand up for what is right, regardless of which party is in control. He successfully brought much-needed attention to the hypocrisy in the halls of Congress when it comes to out-of-control spending," Gor said. 
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The House on Friday morning approved a budget deal that would fund the government through March 23, sending legislation to President Trump that would end a brief shutdown of the government that began at midnight after Paul blocked action in the Senate on Thursday. Paul was demanding an amendment that would leave previous ceilings on federal spending in place.

"What you're seeing is recklessness trying to be passed off as bipartisanship,” Paul said in a speech on the Senate floor. 

Paul used Senate rules to delay a vote in the Senate until early Friday morning.