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    The absurd overreaction to Rand Paul’s vote on healthcare for 9/11 responders

    The absurd overreaction to Rand Paul’s vote on healthcare for 9/11 responders

    by Brad Polumbo
    July 18, 2019

    Liberal comedian Jon Stewart is no fan of Rand Paul. After the Kentucky senator's decision to object to a unanimous consent authorization of healthcare funding for 9/11 first responders on Wednesday, Stewart blasted him as “absolutely outrageous” and lamented his decision as “fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.” Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York accused Paul of “turning his back on our first responders.”

    Meanwhile, coverage from news outlets across the political spectrum made it seem as if Paul single-handedly denied our heroes healthcare, and #RandPaulHatesAmerica started trending on Twitter.

    The outrage is completely unwarranted, and in fact it amounts to a vicious smear against the senator. Paul does not oppose healthcare for first responders, and he has not permanently prevented funding from being authorized. All he has done is delay the bill, so they can have a vote on an amendment to offset the additional spending with cuts elsewhere. This is in complete accordance with Paul’s decadeslong record as a fiscal hawk and responsible steward of taxpayer money.

    Outraged reactionaries need to take a deep breath: The funding for 9/11 responders will still be authorized. All that will happen now is that, rather than passing by a voice vote with unanimous consent as was attempted on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will have to bring the already-passed House bill up for a vote, including a vote on Paul’s amendment to offset spending, after which it will almost certainly become law.

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    Rand Paul Was Right to Delay Vote on Funding Bill for 9/11 First Responders
    The Kentucky senator wants the Senate consider offsetting spending cuts before approving limitless, automatic spending for the rest of the century.

    CHRISTIAN BRITSCHGI
    7.18.2019

    Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) is catching a lot of flak for demanding that the Senate actually debate an open-ended extension of the September 11 Victims Compensation Fund.

    On Wednesday afternoon, Paul objected to when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) attempted to pass the bill by unanimous consent—an expedited process that does not require each senator to record his or her vote.

    "Any new spending that we are approaching, any new program that's going to have the longevity of 70, 80 years, should be offset by cutting spending that's less valuable," said Paul on the Senate floor. "We need to at the very least have this debate. I will be offering up an amendment if this bill should come to the floor, but until then I will object."

    Sen. Mike Lee (R–Utah) also opposed passing the bill by unanimous consent.

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    Despite Paul's objections, the permanent extension of the victim's fund will almost certainly pass. The Senate's reauthorization measure currently has 73 co-sponsors, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (D–Ky.) has said he will put it to a vote before the August recess.

    On Fox News, former Daily Show host and 9/11 first responder champion Jon Stewart accused Paul of "fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," saying the Kentucky senator's current concerns about the deficit were hypocritical in light of his support for 2017's tax cuts.

    Stewart was not alone in this line of criticism.

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    These condemnations skate over Paul's rather reasonable position that the Senate should actually debate the bill and consider fiscal offsets before approving nearly a century's worth of effectively unlimited spending.

    Rep. Justin Amash (I–Mich.) made this same point last week when explaining why he voted against the victim fund's extension in the House:



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    Yep, the bleeding hearts and leftists attacked Rand mercilessly on this. Nothing like forcing a vote on a sacred cow.

    The Kentucky senator wants the Senate consider offsetting spending cuts before approving limitless, automatic spending for the rest of the century.
    Of course, as any fiscally sane person would do. Insanity rules in DC though.
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    Never an emergency! This was all BS!


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