Rand Paul: Shutdown blame game is 'ridiculous' on both sides

Rand Paul: Shutdown blame game is 'ridiculous' on both sides
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulA Senator Gary Johnson could be good not just for Libertarians, but for the Senate too Conservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill MORE (R-Ky.) in a Sunday show interview slammed both Democratic and Republican lawmakers over the government shutdown blame game, saying it is “ridiculous.”

“I think the blame game is ridiculous on both sides. Republicans and Democrats and everybody trying to say ‘oh you don’t want to fund the military,’ ” Paul told CNN’s “State of the Union.” 

“Everybody wants to fund the military. Nobody wants our soldiers not to be paid. But when both sides do it, I think the American people see through it.”

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Republicans and Democrats have both tried to cast blame on the other party over the government shutdown, which is now in its second day after the Senate on Friday night failed to pass a short-term funding bill to keep the government’s lights on.

Paul, who voted against advancing the continuing resolution on Friday, said Republicans should pledge to Democrats that Congress will have one week of immigration debate in both chambers in the next month.

One issue at the center of the negotiations has been the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Democrats are pushing for a legislative fix for recipients of the program, which President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE said last year he would rescind.

Paul on Sunday called for an “open process” for the discussions, but said the DACA program “has been held hostage” by individuals in both parties.

“The DACA issue has been held hostage to people on the left who want their perfect immigration bill or nothing, and people on the right who want nothing,” he said.