Things just keep getting worse and worse for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Early Friday morning, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked McConnell’s request for the chamber to advance the annual defense funding bill.
The Senate Majority Leader made the request in the aftermath of the Senate’s rejection of a “skinny” bill to repeal parts of ObamaCare. McConnell asked for unanimous consent to proceed to the defense legislation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y), had previously rejected Senator John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) request on Thursday to pause the healthcare debate and move on to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). But after the stinging healthcare vote on Friday, Schumer said that he would let the NDAA bill move forward.
But then Rand Paul, one of the Senate’s most vocal ObamaCare critics, voiced an objection to McConnell’s request without explaining why. He effectively stalled proceedings on the NDAA. It is usually one of the least controversial spending bills.
A spokesperson for Paul did not return requests for comments from the Kentucky Republican.
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Credit: The Hill