Compensation to 9/11 victims hit a major roadblock today when a GOP senator stopped a funding extension.
“Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Democrats to pass an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tried to win the Senate’s consent to approve the House-passed bill, which would reauthorize funding until fiscal year 2090. The bill cleared the House in a 402-12 vote last week.
But Paul objected, pointing to the country’s growing debt and arguing that any new spending should be offset by cuts to other spending.
‘It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country,’ he said. ‘And therefore any new spending … should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need to at the very least have this debate.’
He added that if the House bill was brought up for a vote in the Senate he is planning to offer an amendment ‘but until then I will object.’
Under Senate rules any one senator can try to get consent, which requires the sign off of the entire chamber, to pass a bill or resolution, but one senator can also block that request.”
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