This is merely a ‘show vote’ that Rand Paul pulled out of his posterior when he and McConnell refused to attach the defunding proviion to the must-pass highway bill.
Rand Paul is slime. Whenever he is caught carrying water for the Establishment, he pulls a bill out of his butt that he knows will never go anywhere and he does it for ‘show’.
He always works this way along with his fellow imbecile senator from his dismal horse dung state. It’s his M.O.
For exakmple, when he got caught up in the fraud of Congress exempting itself as a ‘small business’ and fraudulently filling in the Obamacare exemption forms, he stopped the Vitter subpoena from progressing. And what did he do? Why of course he filed a ‘Constitutional Amendment’ that would never go anywhere and which said that Congress should not be exempt from anything.
***A congressional aide to Senator Paul told Conservative Review that Senator Paul opposes allowing Congress to exempt themselves from any legislation. To that end, yesterday, he reintroduced his proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit Congress from passing any law that exempts themselves. Senator Paul prefers this option over a partisan cross-examination of Congressional staff.***
So we can see how he operates. Like McConnell he introduces bills that make him look conservative but which he knows will never go anywhere. As for the PP defunding, he could have fought like other brave senators did to attached PP defunding to a must-pass bill so that it would have teeth. But instead he files a separate bill and stands back and says it’s the ‘democrats fault’.
Don’t let him play you.