Paul to filibuster 'worst' budget after debate


BOULDER, Colo. — Sen. Rand Paul plans to jet back to Washington after Wednesday evening's presidential debate to filibuster the bipartisan budget deal that Republican congressional leaders negotiated with President Obama.

The bill, which includes a suspension of the federal borrowing limit until after the next president is inaugurated in 2017, was expected to clear the House Wednesday and head to the Senate for consideration. Paul, R-Ky., wouldn't say whether he would seek to delay passage beyond Nov. 3, when Washington's ability to borrow money to pay the government's bills will expire.

Paul was also coy when asked by reporters if he would lodge an old-school talking filibuster, as he did to protest reauthorization of federal domestic surveillance powers, or simply use his power as a senator to object to the legislation and force additional procedural votes. Paul opposes the bipartisan budget and debt ceiling deal because it would increase spending, although it would lock reforms to entitlement programs.

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