The proposal was Sen. Rand Paul’s “Penny Plan” to balance the federal budget by 2023 via one percent annual spending cuts, with only Social Security exempted. Twenty GOP senators voted for it, 29 GOPers voted against, as did all of the Senate’s Democrats.
“The bottom line is whether the debt is threatening our national security, whether it’s threatening the security and the economic foundation of our country, and I think without question it is,” Paul told his colleagues on the Senate floor.
“This vote is a litmus test for conservatives. Are you a conservative? Do you think we can cut one penny out of every dollar? I think it is a conservative notion that we have long said we are for. Now it’s time to step up to the plate and actually vote what you say you stand for,” Paul continued. LifeZette’s Brendan Kirby took names, but it will be voters who will kick GOP you-know-whats.
|Senators who voted against Sen. Rand Paul’s “penny” plan|
|Richard Burr||North Carolina|
|Shelley M. Capito||West Virginia|
|Lindsey Graham||South Carolina|
|John Hoeven||North Dakota|
|Mike Rounds||South Dakota|
|John Thune||South Dakota|
|Thom Tillis||North Carolina|
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