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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 PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks 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 SchatzDem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation Graham: Saudi’s findings on slain journalist not 'credible' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Democrats, McConnell spar over entitlements | Minnesota AG sues drugmakers over insulin price hikes | CDC investigates polio-like illness 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 MurphyDem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Overnight Defense: Trump worries Saudi Arabia treated as 'guilty until proven innocent' | McConnell opens door to sanctions | Joint Chiefs chair to meet Saudi counterpart | Mattis says Trump backs him '100 percent' 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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers 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.