SWAMP: Burr, Tillis Vote Against Budget Plan To Cut ONE PENNY From Every Dollar Spent

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It is hardly shocking, perhaps even expected, but Republicans in the U.S. Senate couldn’t muster enough support to pass the most common sense of budget bills in order to get the nation’s fiscal house in order. Even less shocking is to see Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis in the ‘Nay’ column of the roll call vote.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced his ‘Penny Plan’ again arguing that it is one of the purest litmus tests for whether or not a politician really holds conservative values to be paramount.

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Knowing, as we do that Tillis and Burr are far from being the conservatives they have advertised themselves as on the campaign trail, they voted accordingly.


Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been making the case for his ‘Penny Plan’ for years. It would cut one penny out of every dollar of spending (one percent) until the budget balanced in 2023. The mere five years of fiscal conservatism was far too much to stomach for 76 senators, including the lot from North Carolina.

With budget deficits reaching the trillions, the debt, Paul argues, is fast becoming one of the biggest threats to our national security.

Burr and Tillis don’t care enough to take one percent less money out of ours and future generations’ pockets. Instead they will gladly vote for budget bills that add trillions in debt, while padding themselves on the back for cutting spending (growth rates).

Meanwhile, despite record low jobless rates and a lofty stock market, a new study conducted by the United Way concluded that more than 40% of U.S. households cannot pay the basics of a middle-class lifestyle — rent, transportation, child care and a cellphone.

These are adults, comprising nearly $35 million households, that are employed, but have limited assets, and a constrained income. Imagine how many pennies these families pinch just to make ends meet – and the U.S. Senate doesn’t even have the integrity to stop adding to our burden of debt one penny at a time.

And they wonder why President Trump caught so much momentum while campaigning for the forgotten men and women in 2016?

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