Rand Paul blasts omnibus: Maybe holding hands with Dems isn't a great idea

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Gianforte halts in-person campaigning after wife, running mate attend event with Guilfoyle MORE (R-Ky.) blasted Republicans for "holding hands" with Democrats over a massive funding bill signed into effect this week that he criticizes for skyrocketing the national debt and failing to deliver on key Republican agenda items.

"The debt is up over a trillion the Dow is down...Maybe the GOP holding hands Democrats isn’t such a great idea," the libertarian-leaning senator said on Twitter Saturday. 

Paul live-tweeted his attempt to read through the behemoth 2,232-page omnibus spending package on Friday. Congress only had a few hours between the release of the bill and its passage before a Friday night government funding deadline.

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Paul called the $1.3 trillion package the “terrible, no good, rotten deficit spending bill” and the “crumni-bus.” The fiscal hawk previously forced a brief overnight government shutdown last month when he filibustered a stopgap measure over a list of what he said were wasteful federal expenditures buried in the text of a resolution to carry over funding between spending bills.

He criticized the recent bill as so large that many lawmakers didn't even know all the provisions within. But Paul said it has "never been my goal to shut down government," when asked by Fox News host Tucker Carlson if he would pull a similar stunt on Friday. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE reluctantly signed the bill into law on Friday, after threatening to use a veto hours before he was slated to approve it. 

The bill included millions of dollars for additional domestic spending and projects considered a boon to Democrats, as well as funding for border security that came in well under Trump's original request.