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Senate Votes to Continue Foreign Aid

After months of championing the issue of ending foreign aid, Sen. Rand Paul succeeded in his filibuster mission to bring his legislation to a vote. No surprise, the bill failed by a vote of 81-10.

Senators voting in support of Rand Paul's bill to limit foreign aid: DeMint, Grassley, Shelby, Paul, Toomey, Moran, Lee, Roberts, Risch and Crapo.

Sen. Paul's bill, S. 3576, called for a prohibition of U.S. aid funds to the governments of Egypt, Libya and Pakistan contingent upon the release to U.S. authorities the aggressors who attacked our embassy and consulate in Egypt and Libya, respectively, and the release of Dr. Shakil Afridi, currently held by the Pakistani government.

Senator Paul predicted his bill would fail because the Senate is ignoring the will of Americans:

"I will probably lose this vote, but if you ask your friends. If you go home and ask your friends should we be sending money to countries that disrespect us, that burn our flag, I think you will find 80 percent to 90 percent of the American people wouldn't send another penny...That may be why Congress has about a 10 percent approval rating."

It will be interesting to see how this vote will effect the reelection of the Senators who voted to continue foreign aid.

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And you'll see a dramatic change...Should have been working on this all along ???

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

Honestly, I don't understand

Honestly, I don't understand the excitement surrounding Rand's bill. Sure, his filibuster was clever as it exposed senators who didn't want to prohibit funding for some ARABIC nations which support terrorism. Regardless of your opinion, Israel also supports terrorism and has done so for decades, e.g. their heinous attack on the USS Liberty. If I were a senator, I would also have been hesitant to vote for Rand's bill as it targets just one specific group of nations. Rand, submit a bill that cuts ALL foreign aid unilaterally and completely, but you know that most senators (yourself, Rand?) won't vote to cut aid to Israel. ;)

You need to

take this test:


"You are a den of vipers and thieves."

I mean to rout you out!

-Just because you are among us, does not make you with us

-The door is wide open, anything can slither in

The excitement is, Rand just gave us a whole ton of a mmo

to use against those rats and thieves he just exposed. So use it! Call them out, publicly shame and ridicule them, get on the radio stations, tv, blogs, bars, workplace, etc. and let people know their representive is stealing their hard earned money and giving it to foreign countries who burn our flag, destroy embassies, kill our ambassadors and threaten us and our allies. Ask them how they feel about that. In the same breath promote candidates that will replace these traitors and put an end to this practice. You can rally people around the idea that anyone who would continue giving foreign aid to these countries isnt fit for office. This is how you replace long intrenched incumbents. Then once you accomplish that and they're in office that's when you vote to end all foreign aid.

Rallying people around the idea that we should end all foreign aid is going to be a tough sell right now. People arent ready yet, but I'm pretty sure they are ready for baby steps and this one is an easy one. So use this gift we were just given to make people aware of the evils of foreign aid. Get them to cut a little. Soon they will be ready to cut a lot. Cutting some right now is better than none at all. Rand has said he would in fact like to cut all of it, he just knows it's not a political reality right now. I mean look how hard it was just to get a vote on this "slam dunk, no brainer, are you kidding me?" foreign aid cut. How well do you think the whole kit-n-kaboodle would go over?

You think he should call for that vote anyway? Sure he can throw hail mary's all day if he wanted to but who's going to catch the ball? It's 1 vs 90 right now. Despite that he's still fighting admirably. I mean he just kicked a field goal against incredible odds! For not expecting anything that was pretty amazing. But you're complaining it wasnt a touch down? Sure we'd all like to see that. Even Rand. And yes Rand does understands where the endzone is despite his sometimes questionable methods to get there. We'd all like a touch down, but give the man some credit when it's. If you want touch downs find some more liberty senators to help move the ball down the field. He needs a team. The luke warm, sporadic support he receives from 9 or 10 other senators from time to time isn't nearly enough. Rand needs a real team behind him. You can't blame Rand for that. He's doing what he can. The responsibility belongs to us.

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Here is the list of 81 traitors who voted for this bill.

McConnell was one of the Nays.

NAYs ---81
Akaka (D-HI)
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Baucus (D-MT)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Brown (D-OH)
Brown (R-MA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inouye (D-HI)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Johnson (R-WI)
Kerry (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lugar (R-IN)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Snowe (R-ME)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Thune (R-SD)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)
Wyden (D-OR)

Where was Rubio?

He didn't vote---was he there? (anyone know?)

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How conventient. Rubio was a "no vote."

Not Voting - 9
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Burr (R-NC)
Heller (R-NV)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Kirk (R-IL)
Murray (D-WA)
Rubio (R-FL)
Vitter (R-LA)

Great job Rand!

Your super secret strategy of infiltrating the neocon ranks and currying favor amongst them is working brilliantly!


And your attitude is really helping

How long are you gonna remain bitter? when is it time to just let go of the pettiness?

Is mocking him for bringing up an important issue really the best way to go about your displeasure with him?

The debate would not exist

If Rand wasn't there, jackass


It wasn't a debate........

it was political theatre, jackass

nothing more

What debate? That we should

What debate? That we should only give foreign aid to countries that respect us? That's idiotic. we should never steal money from americans and give it to other sovereign countries contingent on their 'liking' or 'respecting' us. Where in our constitution is our government authorized to provide foreign aid to other countries? Why should any elected representative be 'debating' this issue?

"I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislation. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer."
Will Rogers (1879-1935)


Look at how much opposition there was to just putting restrictions on foreign aid. I can only imagine if he made the bill to cut it out completely. Rand stated numerous times, which people continue to glaze over is that if it was up to him, there would be no more foreign aid. He figured this would be the first step in that direction. If he can't even get them to place restrictions on the aid, you think he's gonna be able to get them to cut it off completely? It's fine if you think that, or to not agree with the approach, but really? you are gonna knock on him for at least bringing the issue up?

Why don't you actually listen to Rand and his speech today. He made it quite clear what his goals are.

Let me tell you why Rand Paul

Let me tell you why Rand Paul wanted a vote on this so bad, even though he knew it was going to be a landslide win for the other team.

This is only an issue Liberty candidates would vote for, and every Republican Senator that vote no on this, does not support Liberty. As you can see, we need to bring some new Liberty blood into the Senate in 2013.

I'm glad to see Jim DeMint voted yes! And then Tom Davis will be replacing Lindsey Graham in 2014! Proud to be a South Carolinian, who'll be represented by 100% Liberty in the Senate come 2014!

We need to analyze the other Republican Senate races in 2014

and see who else besides Grahmnesty we can turn out of office for a liberty Senator. With our energy and our contributions, we can continue to add liberty minded Senators to the Republican side.

Rand isn't perfect, but he's

Rand isn't perfect, but he's damn good at picking his spots. Calculating, shrewd, animal that will run one hell of a race for POTUS sometime.

Rand Leads Charge in Rout of Senate Criminals

Hopefully a headline we'll see in the near future...

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90 to 1 Way to go Rand Paul!

90 to 1, for the second vote on new war propaganda for Iran, Senator Rand Paul stood alone.

I'm proud to stand with him on all of his work this week!

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They just gave a load of ammo

They just gave a load of ammo to their opponents. haha

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