The August 2 deadline for raising the debt ceiling is fast approaching, and Senator Rand Paul is preparing for the battle ahead.
In this clip from C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” which aired Sunday, Senator Paul makes his feelings on raising the debt ceiling abundantly clear.
“Next week, we will filibuster until we talk about the debt ceiling, until we talk about proposals,” he said:
Senator Paul pointed out that he and his conservative colleagues are perfectly willing to raise the debt ceiling — so long as there is a balanced budget amendment added to the Constitution.
“[W]e will actually vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling next week if we can, but it will be contingent on passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution,” he said, adding, “I’m not completely without the sense that we may need to raise the debt ceiling. But I will only do it if we have significant budgetary reform, and to me that means you have to balance your budget every year.”
Some of you may recall Senator Jim DeMint threatening a debt ceiling filibuster back in April.
We will see if the conservatives in congress follow through on this promise soon enough.