WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) — Sen. Rand Paul, Ky.-R., said Sunday passing appropriations bills one by one instead of one big funding bill is “a much better way to run government.”
In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Paul said Congress has been working to pass continuing resolutions all week in an effort to fund and reopen the government, which was shut down last week over the inability to pass a comprehensive funding bill.
“We’ve been trying to fund different parts of the government all week,” he said. “We’ve passed bill after bill after bill.”
“These are clean CRs, meaning that there’s no strings attached. We’ve been passing [National Institutes of Health] funding, veterans funding. And here’s the thing that people don’t realize. That’s historically the way it’s always been. You pass small appropriation bills so you can look at them individually,” he added.
“It’s actually a much better way to run government, because right now, you’re sticking everything into one bill and that’s why the leverage of shutting the government down occurs. But if you did things appropriately and you passed appropriation bills one at a time, no one would be able to shut down government ever.”