Sen. Rand Paul said that although he opposes a government shutdown, it shouldn't be kept open in order to "keep spending money like there's no tomorrow."

A Friday-at-midnight deadline is approaching as President Trump and congressional Democrats remain divided on a government spending package.

"People worry about the government shutting down, and I understand that, but they should also worry about keeping the government open," Paul (R-Ky.) said on "Your World."

The senator said that both a government shutdown and keeping it open could pose issues, given the country's nearly $22 trillion federal debt.


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"We shouldn't willy-nilly shut the government down, but also shouldn't just keep it open and keep spending money like there's no tomorrow," he said.

Paul went on to say to Neil Cavuto that even a partial government shutdown would not be a problem.

He said shutdowns are "more hype than reality" and that it actually costs more to shut down government than to keep it open.

"We always pay the people for not working. So they'll declare 80 percent of the people up here 'unessential,' meaning they don't have to show up for work, but we always pay them," he said. "I don't understand that. They're unessential, we keep paying them and we keep them employed. I'm for if you're unessential, maybe that's an argument for making government smaller."

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