Senate Votes to Continue Foreign AidSubmitted by radiofriendly on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 00:26
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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