And as our government moves from the threat of one shutdown to another due to the inability of the Congress to come together on a budget deal, Sen.
Hopes for a quick vote on legislation to keep the USA government operating beyond midnight hit a snag on Thursday when Republican Senator Rand Paul put up a roadblock to voting because he first wanted debate on his amendment to kill the measure's increased federal spending.
Paul used a procedural move to stall the legislation - the result of a major bipartisan budget deal - from coming up for a vote.
On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan gave his full support to the bill to try to rally others in chamber to also vote yes - saying the military is at risk without the money, while acknowledging the deal includes partisan compromises and isn't ideal. The shutdown would mark the second partial shuttering of the government in 2018.
Paul said he wasn't pushing for a government shutdown. The bill includes a $300 million increase for military spending and domestic programs, plus nearly $90 billion for disaster relief efforts. But he also wasn't interested in keeping the government open for a "reckless" spending deal that busts the budget caps. "They're all for more spending, so maybe they'll say 'Oh my goodness, all the special interests who want this money will be knocking on our door, yelling and screaming, so then they'll do it on time", said Paul.
The government shutdown deadline is just hours away.
"If they want to stay up until 3 in the morning, I'm happy to do it", he said on Fox News late Thursday afternoon.
"I ran for office because I was very critical of President Obama's trillion-dollar deficits".
But Paul rejected McConnell's offer and held the floor for what could be an hours-long speech.
"When the Republicans are in charge, there's no conservative party", he said.
During a hearing on his bill Paul stated, "Around here, spending 1% less ought to be enough of a punishment to get people to do their jobs and do appropriations on time". House conservative have the same objections as Paul, arguing that it will pave the way for big spending and ballooning deficits.