Despite Paul Caused Shutdown, Spending Bill Passed

Democratic Challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes And Senate Minority Leader McConnell Locked In Tight Race

What many hoped would be the last in a long line of short-term funding bills shall continue thanks to what CNN describes as “heightened drama”, another 6 week spending bill was passed by Congress early Friday morning.

The government had temporarily shut down thanks to the efforts of Sen. Rand Paul who stated “My intention was never to shut down government, but my intention is also not to keep it open and borrowing a million dollars a minute.” Sen. Paul also blamed both parties for being “complicit in the deficits” while he held the floor.

The Kentucky legislator wanted to include an amendment to bring home troops for Afghanistan as a way to justify the increasing in military spending. In order to bring about the amendment, the Senator would have needed a unanimous vote from the Senate.

The bill was set to increase domestic spending by $131 billion dollars and military spending by $165 billion over the next two years. DACA was not addressed during this round of budgets despite it being the cause of the government shutdown in January. An $80 billion debt ceiling increase for natural disaster relief was also a part of the bill.


Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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