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Rand Paul Reads the Omnibus Spending Bill (Because Someone Has To)

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who might be thinking of holding up the Senate's vote on the insane and mysterious omnibus spending bill, is publicly conducting some basic due diligence for a legislator: demonstrating that, unlike pretty much all his colleagues in House or Senate, he's actually trying to read the monstrous thing before voting. (Paul notes it took over two hours for his office printer to even print the thing.)

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He's giving the American people some insights, good and bad, in real time via his twitter feed.

Some highlights:

Good news on the state-level marijuana rights front:

Some things Paul wonders if require this level of public (i.e. you and me) funding:

And more of that:

Encouraging FISA news:

Paul wonders about the integrity of the often-ignored War Powers Act:

And sheds light on our foreign policy apparatus' weird definition of "permanent":

Insight into how revenue no matter how high never seems to make overall debt shrink:

Paul is continuing to put himself through this hell for the American people in real time on his twitter feed.

Reason's Eric Boehm also knows more about the omnibus than your average congress member.

NEXT: 9 Ridiculous Things About the Omnibus Budget Bill

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  1. No money received by the government goes towards the deficit, it always finds new ways of spending. Always has, always will.

  2. Page 392 sec 9007: no $ shall be spent “for the permanent stationing of US forces in Afghanistan”

    Wonder what they meant by permanent? Some might argue that after 16 years we approaching the definition of permanent.

    We have to fight them over THERE so we don’t have to fight them over HERE

    1. It’s sort of how you might live in an apartment or condo for years, but it’s technically a rental or lease so it’s doesnt count as owning a home.

  3. Rand Paul is kinda crushing it today, huh?

    1. I might be more of a classical liberal than a true libertarian (my senatorial spirit animal is more Ben Sasse, inasmuch as I’m more Natural Law than NAP at heart), but I’ll also defend Rand Paul as exactly the sort of guy I want to bein the Senate to try to keep it honest and support a point of view that I deeply sympathize with even if I don’t always agree *fully* with. Today, though, and on the question of this omnibus bill, I’m totally with Rand!

    2. I support the principle, but he gets off to a bad start.

      “Paul notes it took over two hours for his office printer to even print the thing.”

      First, I’m no environmentalist, but printing that shit out (particularly to make a point about the length) is just wasteful. Second, we’ve got some new technologies called computers. Insisting on printing stuff out makes you sounds like my parents.

      1. But then you wouldn’t get the photo op.

    3. Rand Paul voted against this overspending bill, and he was one of two senators voting against FOSTA. He is clearly the least bad senator of the lot. Justin Amash in the House gets credit too for voting the same way.

  4. Reagan made a big show of hoisting a budget, back when that could be done. Whatzisname the fatboy read the 9/11 Enabling Act. This is one of the best ideas Randal has had yet.

    1. Back when there was a budget, you mean.

  5. Nothing left to cut….

    1. “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”

  6. If you pay me $1 billion, I promise to police Facebook.

  7. Rand should filibuster by reading the whole bill aloud. I wonder how long that would take. At one page a minute, it would take about 33 hours.

  8. As long as the Cloud Act is dropped from this Bill… This kind of thing should never be attached to “must pass” legislation.

  9. I think the most telling thing would be to dig up an old translated omnibus spending bill from the Soviet Union, and compare. I think it would be more than fascinating how similar it would read.

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