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Sen. Rand Paul Blocks Bipartisan Bill to Make Sure Sept. 11 Victims’ Fund Never Runs Out of Money http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/timeblogs/swampland/~3/XL2gYy3-15c/ Jul 17th 2019, 19:46
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(WASHINGTON) — A Republican senator has blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul questions the bill’s 70-year time frame and notes that the federal government already faces a $22 trillion debt. He says any new spending such as the 9/11 bill should be offset by cuts. Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York is criticizing Paul for playing what she calls “political games.” The bill has 73 co-sponsors in the Senate and easily passed the House last week. Gillibrand says 9/11 first responders and “the entire nation are watching to see if this body actually cares about the men and women who answered the call of duty” after the 2001 attacks.
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