Conservatives pan GOP’s debt-ceiling scheme

“It’s a mistake to raise the debt ceiling without having some dramatic reform to our budget process,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is among a growing number of GOP lawmakers preparing to fight the measure. “A $20 trillion debt is really our no. 1 security risk so to just keep raising the debt I think is a huge mistake.”…

“Any spending should be offset by spending cuts elsewhere. It’s one thing to say you are compassionate and want to give people money but if you are simply adding to the debt to give people money I think it’s not really appropriate,” Paul said. “We’ll offer an amendment that will offset the spending with cuts in foreign aid to other countries.”