Senator Rand Paul Objects To Extending Bill Funding 9/11 First Responders

Senator Rand Paul Objects To Extending Bill Funding 9/11 First Responders

The Republican Senator objected to an attempt to unanimously consent to the recent passing of a bill that extends the funding of 9/11 first responders' health care, on Wednesday. The House had already passed the bill

Last Friday, the House passed legislation to extend funding for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2090, weeks after the bill received nationwide attention following impassioned pleas for support from surviving first responders, and talk show host Jon Stewart. Republican Senator Rand Paul has publicly objected to the passing of this bill claiming that " such a long-term bill without offsetting the cost would contribute to the national debt.". He  addressed his objection on Wednesday via his Twitter page, arguing that he was "not blocking the 9/11 bill - simply asking for a vote on an amendment to offset the cost."



Senator Paul's stated that "It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in this country -- we have a $22 trillion debt, we're adding debt at about a trillion dollars a year," he said. "And therefore 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. 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," added Paul. The Republican Senator has voted in favor of President Donald Trump's $1.5 trillion tax cut. 


His objection was immediately met with criticism from Jon Stewart himself.  Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Stewart slammed Paul's objection as "absolutely outrageous," accusing the Senator of "fiscal responsibility virtue signaling" and blasting Paul's support for the deficit-raising tax cut. "Rand Paul presented tissue paper avoidance of the $1.5 trillion tax cut that added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit, and now he stands up at the last minute after 15 years of blood, sweat, and tears from the 9/11 community to say that it's all over now, now we're going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community," Stewart said. "There are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card," he added. "But somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community -- the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors -- all of a sudden, man we've got to go through this," he added.


 Democratic Senator and Presidential Candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said that Senator Paul objected to the request for unanimous consent she made. "We could pass this bill right now," she added. "But instead, my colleague has objected, asking people to come back over and over. Everyone loves to point fingers in this place, where there's nowhere else to point that finger today than this chamber.". Aside from Paul, Senator Mike Lee of Utah also objected to passing the bill by unanimous consent. 

Yet another official to criticize Paul's objection was Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer who went on to express the point of the dearly held American tradition of volunteering. He expressed that, they " volunteered in the armed services and risked their lives for our freedom, we came back and gave them health care. I would urge my friend from Kentucky to withdraw his objection," Schumer added. "I would urge Senator McConnell the leader to put it on the floor now. And we can let these folks in the gallery and so many others, do what they need to do -- help their families, help their friends, and make sure their health is given the best, best protection possible."


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