Republican Sen. Rand Paul (R), the son of Texas Rep. Ron Paul, said Sunday that conservatives in Congress need to compromise with Democrats on the federal budget.
“The compromise is not to raise taxes, the compromise is for conservatives to admit that the military budget’s going to have to be cut,” Paul said on CNN’s State of the Union. “We’ve doubled military spending. I believe in a strong national defense, but conservatives will have to compromise and we will have to cut military spending.”
“Liberals will have to compromise and we will have to cut domestic welfare. The compromise is where we cut, not where we raise taxes.”
“I think we haven’t yet determined what our strategy will be, but I can tell you that the people of Kentucky elected me to shake things up,” Sen. Paul said. “They didn’t elect me to raise the debt ceiling. They didn’t elect me to pass budgets that add — you know, the president’s budget will add $7 trillion to the debt if you believe his numbers.”
“The problem is, if you give them more money in Washington, they’re not to be trusted,” he added. “Our government is out of control. They don’t need more money, we need to give them less money.”
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