Dems criticize Paul for opposing funding bill

Dems criticize Paul for opposing funding bill
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Democrats took to Twitter on Thursday to criticize Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSecond GOP senator to quarantine after exposure to coronavirus GOP senator to quarantine after coronavirus exposure The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by National Industries for the Blind - Trump seeks to flip 'Rage' narrative; Dems block COVID-19 bill MORE (R-Ky.) for his speech against the Senate spending bill’s deficit impact, with one lawmaker accusing Paul of being “inconsistent” with his support.

Paul took to the Senate floor to demand 15 minutes of debate and a vote on an amendment to keep budget ceilings in place before a full vote on the funding bill.

The House and the Senate need to pass the two-year funding bill by midnight Thursday in order to avoid a government shutdown, the second in less than a month.

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Paul has slammed the bill for raising budget caps by roughly $300 billion and raising the debt ceiling through March 2019, calling it a “rotten deal.”

"When Republicans are in charge there is no conservative party," he told Fox News. "A lot of so-called conservatives lose their mind when it becomes a partisan thing." 

On the Senate floor, Paul again slammed Republicans, calling their position on the bill “hypocrisy.”

"If you were against President Obama's deficits, and now you're for the Republican deficits, isn't that the very definition of hypocrisy?" he said.

Democratic Sen. Brian SchatzBrian Emanuel SchatzPolls show trust in scientific, political institutions eroding Emboldened Democrats haggle over 2021 agenda OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate Democrats map out climate change strategy | Green groups challenge Trump plan to open 82 percent of Alaska reserve to drilling | 87 lawmakers ask EPA to reverse course after rescinding methane regulations MORE (Hawaii) fired back at Paul, calling his position “inconsistent.”

“Rand, in December you voted YES  on a top heavy, unpaid for, 1.5 trillion dollar tax giveaway,” Schatz tweeted. “That seems rather...inconsistent.”

Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocratic senator calls for 'more flexible' medical supply chain to counter pandemics The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Don't expect a government check anytime soon GOP chairman to release interim report on Biden probe 'in about a week' MORE (D-Conn.) echoed Schatz’s remarks, saying it “takes guts” to oppose the funding bill after supporting the GOP tax bill.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell accuses Democrats of sowing division by 'downplaying progress' on election security Warren, Schumer introduce plan for next president to cancel ,000 in student debt Schumer lashes out at Trump over 'blue states' remark: 'What a disgrace' MORE’s (D-N.Y.) communications director, Matt House, also took a shot at Paul for his vote on the GOP tax bill.

Paul is threatening to delay a procedural vote on the bill if he doesn’t get his amendment vote.

"If they want to stay up until 3 in the morning, I'm happy to do it," he said on Fox News late Thursday afternoon. 

Under Senate rules, the earliest the chamber can take its first vote on the agreement is 1 a.m. Friday, after the deadline, unless every senator agrees to move it up.