What’s going on?
Congress has pushed through a major budget deal that increases government spending caps by a whopping $300 billion over the next two years. Conservative lawmakers like Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) aren’t happy.
This week, Lee used the analogy of a trip to the grocery store to illustrate why out-of-control government spending is insane. If you go to the store for bread and milk, why should you have to buy one of every item in the store to purchase those two things? Why is government funding an all-or-nothing decision?
Did the government shut down?
Very briefly, yes. Congress approved a budget deal that President Donald Trump signed into law early this morning, ending the overnight shutdown.
Who else fought the deal?
In the House, 76 Republicans voted against the continuing resolution, while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged Democrats to vote no because the bill doesn’t include a provision for DACA.
Paul delayed the bill on the Senate floor until 1 a.m. this morning, forcing a brief government shutdown until the deal went to a vote.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: All right. We’ve got a lot to say about the budget. Last night had to be one of the weirdest and ridiculous nights of government that I have maybe ever seen. If you watched C-SPAN — let me rephrase this because this is a phrase that has never been uttered before. Hey, did you watch C-SPAN last night? No.
But if you would have watched C-SPAN, you might have actually been entertained. If it didn’t mean slavery to our children.
Last night’s theatrics, if it had a musical score, it would have been somewhere between circus music and the Benny Hill theme — I expected that three-wheel car to come in and just tip over.
The Senate agreed two days ago, in a long-term bipartisan budget deal, that is the equivalent of a massive, raging Dumpster fire. Now, here’s the thing: This isn’t this isn’t actually a budget. This is a continuing resolution. This is vote for everything the government does, no exceptions, no changes, except to change in increasing the spending, or shut down the government.
This set the tone for last night when Rand Paul stood up in in front of Senate Republicans and called up their hypocrisy. Paul didn’t pull any punches. He straight-up called them all hypocrites and warned that a, quote, day of reckoning is coming.
Thank you, Rand Paul, for being a voice of reason. Thank you for actually warning the country on what’s coming. If they don’t pay attention, their own blood and the blood of their children are on their hands. You did your job. Same with Mike Lee.
Rand Paul is right. And every Republican in that room — I mean, that did agree with him, back in 2011, they all fought the Democrats to install budget caps. This is out-of-control spending! This new budget obliterates all those new budget caps and sets the precedent for this to get even worse in the years to come. Wow.
The Republicans, they suddenly have become enlightened. They’ve had a change of heart. They don’t want children to starve to death anymore. They’re not trying to kill all of the people that just can’t get hospital care.
Oh, my gosh. Or, did they actually not ever really believe in physical responsibility to begin with? Or were they just playing partisan politics? Spoiler alert, it’s the last part.
The truth is. They just wanted to win in 2011. And so they knew, if we impose debt caps, well, we’ll convince the American people, that if you vote for us, things are going to be different. Well, they are different, to the tune of $2 trillion of more debt in the next two years.
That’s great. So bravo to Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and anyone else that stood up and actually said out loud what some on the Senate floor might have been thinking and feeling, if they were still thinking and feeling people.
Paul kept his criticism going long enough to delay the vote, which actually caused the government to shut down just for a little bit — just for a couple of minutes. In the end, it was valiant, but a losing effort.
The Senate voted 71-28 to pass the deal. Democrats voted against the deal, but not because of the budget. It didn’t do enough for those who are here illegally. It shot over to the House for a quick vote, to try to avoid the shutdown extending into Friday.
Over at the House, Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues not to show their hand until they knew how many Republicans would vote yes.
And as the pressure finally mounted, she declared that she wouldn’t vote because of DACA, of course. But she wouldn’t hold anybody else back from voting for it.
One by one, Democrats voted yes. They started to flood in.
I don’t know if Nancy Pelosi is just full-fledged — not in her right mind?
Or if she’s auditioning for an acting gig. Because neither her theatrics last night nor her eight-plus-hour-long DACA speech had any value beyond pure theater.
Last night, if you watched C-SPAN, which nobody did — it was kind of entertaining. If you’re suicidal, if you were bored, nerdy and really rooting for the construction of America, you loved it.
What else beyond a good movie or I bad ineffective government can deliver laughs and tears, all in one episode?