Rand Paul blocks funding for 9/11 victims over hypocritical budget concerns

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blocked an attempt by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Wednesday to fast-track a bill that would extend compensation for victims of the September 11th attacks.

Paul expressed concerns that Gillibrand’s attempt to pass the measure using unanimous consent — meaning a bill is approved so long as no senator objects — did not take into consideration the need to offset that funding elsewhere.

In short, he argued, funding shouldn’t be d...

Rand Paul proposes Planned Parenthood ‘poison pill’ to Senate funding bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is continuing his years-long crusade against Planned Parenthood, filing an amendment to a massive Senate appropriations bill last week that would cut federal funding from the organization, as well as others that perform abortion procedures.

In a statement released Friday, Paul said his amendment to the Senate appropriations package for Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education is “our chance to turn our words into action, stand up for the sancti...

Latest Republican health bill ‘a porkfest, a monstrosity’, Rand Paul says

  • Kentucky senator says he will not vote for bill to proceed to debate this week
  • Rightwinger Paul wants clean repeal of Affordable Care Act

Rand Paul, one of the conservative senators who has helped to hold up Republican healthcare reform, on Sunday derided the current Senate bill as a “monstrosity” and a “porkfest” and said he would not vote for it to proceed to debate this week.

Related: Republicans face two unpalatable options on replacement healthcare bill

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Rand Paul makes one last pitch for the wholesale privatization of health care

“You have to believe that … the marketplace will bring the prices down.”CREDIT: Fox News Screengrab

One reason why the latest iteration of Trumpcare — the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act, or BCRA — seems to be in a lot of trouble right now is because it faces Republican dissenters from both the center and the right. While relative moderates like Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) oppose BCRA because it ...