WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul issued the following statement today after voting against the FY2016 short-term continuing budget resolution brought before the U.S. Senate:
“Since coming to Washington, I have voted against every spending bill that continues to add to our nation’s mountain of debt. Spending at the levels in this bill will add $400 billion more new debt this year. Time and time again, the President and Congress fail to do one of their most basic jobs, which is to review and adjust federal spending and fund the government. While I support all efforts to stop federal funding of Planned Parenthood, this bill is a clear representation of business as usual in Washington – too much spending and too much debt. The American people deserve better,” Sen. Paul said.
In July 2015, Sen. Paul began leading the fight to eliminate taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and was a lead cosponsor of S.1881, a bill to defund the organization, which was voted on earlier this year. Additionally, Sen. Paul urged Senate leadership to strip Planned Parenthood funding language from the continuing resolution, and hold a separate vote.