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Thursday
Oct292015

Rand Paul's Budget Deal 'Filibuster' Lasts Less Than 20 Minutes

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Rand Paul’s so-called “filibuster” against the budget deal, a move his campaign hyped repeatedly and which the Kentucky senator used as a rallying cry at Wednesday night’s debate, wasn’t a filibuster at all.

In fact, it wasn’t even a long speech.

The presidential hopeful took to the Senate floor at 2:46 p.m. and ended his remarks less than twenty minutes later.

While Rand and his campaign never officially declared he would perform a marathon speech against the legislation, he oversold its impact during the Republican presidential debate, mentioning the filibuster in both his opening and closing statements.

“I will stand firm. I will spend every ounce of energy to stop [the deal]," he said. "I will begin tomorrow to filibuster it. And I ask everyone in America to call Congress tomorrow and say enough is enough; no more debt."

And his campaign sought to raise money off the filibuster.



In one fundraising email with the subject line “I’m going to filibuster,” Paul asked supporters to donate $20.16.

In the past, Paul has received bipartisan praise for his all-night speeches. In May, he seized the Senate floor for over ten hours, railing against the National Security Agency’s spying program.

Back in March 2013 he spoke for 12 hours and 52 minutes – the ninth longest filibuster in recorded history – delaying a final vote on the confirmation of CIA director John Brennan and voicing opposition to the Obama administration’s drone policy.

During both times supporters used the Twitter hashtag #StandWithRand to signal their support of the Kentucky senator, and the National Republican Senatorial Committee said his filibusters inspired “donations in the high five figures.”

But even if Paul had spoken for hours Thursday, the address still wouldn’t have been a filibuster.

Whenever the Senate takes up a bill, the majority leader first presents a cloture petition which sets up a vote to end debate on the measure, but two days have to pass before the cloture vote can occur.

In this case, the House of Representatives passed the budget deal Wednesday and sent it to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell immediately filed a cloture petition, setting up Friday as the earliest the Senate could vote to end debate on the measure.

Even if the Senate had sixty votes for cloture on Thursday, time was still running on the clock.

“After Sen. Paul announced his filibuster of the debt bill earlier this week, Senate Leadership moved to end the filibuster by filing cloture,” said Jillian Lane. Paul's Senate press secretary. “If three-fifths of the Senate votes to end debate, the filibuster will be by rule brought to an end."

The Senate votes at 1 a.m. Friday to end debate on the budget.

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