The US government has shut down for the second time this year after the Senate failed to pass a stop-gap spending measure. Republican Senator Rand Paul prevented the Senate from taking a quick vote on the bill.
The US government shut down for the second time in 2018 as Republican Senator Rand Paul held up voting on a two-year budget deal that would have averted it.
Paul, a fiscal conservative from the state of Kentucky, said he could not allow a quick vote to take place because the proposed measure — which would fund the government for another six weeks — would also expand the US deficit.
“I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama’s trillion-dollar deficits,” he said. “Now we have Republicans hand in hand with Democrats offering us trillion-dollar deficits.”
“I can’t… in good faith, just look the other way because my party is now complicit in the deficits. Really, who is to blame? Both parties.” …
Read more : Deutsche Welle, 09.02.2018