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With shutdown nearing, focus turns to Rand Paul

The Hill [1]
March 22, 2018

All eyes are on Rand Paul, the senator seen as the most likely to force a temporary shutdown and keep the Senate in session all weekend over a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill.

The Kentucky Republican, who opposes the package as wasteful spending, caused a brief shutdown in February when he refused to agree to a unanimous consent request that would have sped the chamber toward a final vote.

He’s been mum on his plans this week, but in a Wednesday afternoon tweet signaled distaste for the approaching legislation and any Republican who might back it.

“It’s a good thing we have Republican control of Congress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni…wait, what?” he wrote in a tweet loaded with sarcasm.

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