Senator Rand Paul and now 9/11 1st responder advocate are arguing about a bill that is about to hit the Senate floor.
The bill is set to pay for the medical needs of the first responders that were adversely affected by the 9/11 tragedy. Many of the first responders have died and became very ill after they were exposed to the 9/11 aftermath. Stewart has fought for years to make sure that these brave men and women are taken off.
He feels that Senator Rand Paul is blocking his bill and has spoken out about it. But Paul feels he has done nothing wrong as he claims he is always concerned about the budget, regardless of the cause.
“It’s absolutely outrageous,” Stewart told host Bret Baier. “And pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling. 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.”
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“I know Jon Stewart, and Jon Stewart is sometimes funny and sometimes informed,” he stated.
“In this case, he’s neither funny nor informed. I’ve spent my entire Senate career putting forward ‘pay-fors’ for any time spending is expanded. I put forward a pay-for for the border funding bill.”
Rand Paul’s Perspective:
The bill is a bit vague and should be more specific when it comes to the amount that will be given out. So Stewart is being a little rash with his feelings about this. But I do see where he is coming from, as he is trying to help brave men and women who put their lives on the line to protect Americans.
So Paul’s position does feel a bit callous. But he is not stopping the bill he just doesn’t want America to go into further debt with China.