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Paul to Obama: End Foreign Aid to Egypt

by admin on April 18, 2012

In a strongly worded letter to President Obama, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., urges the administration to reverse the State Department’s decision to release foreign aid to Egypt.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waived congressional restrictions on U.S. assistance to the African country in March after the release of more than a dozen pro-democracy activists. But critics are now calling for the Obama administration to restrict those funds because the Egyptian government is requesting Interpol seek the arrests of non-governmental workers who were not in country when charges were brought.

Paul attempted to introduce an amendment to end U.S. assistance on a bill meant to streamline the postal service. The maneuver failed, however, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., cut Paul off.

“Why would a country that is pursuing the ‘politically motivated; prosecution of American citizens be eligible for every a single dime of U.S. foreign aid, never mind the $2 billion in taxpayer dollars about to be sent,” says Paul in the letter. “The Egyptian government has, in the span of a few short months, arrested Americans, seized their property, and held them captive. They have demanded U.S. taxpayer-funded “bail” money to release them. Now they have begun the process of international arrest warrants.”

The U.S. sends $1.5 billion in annual aid to the Egyptian government.

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Paul Blocks Sanctions Bill Against Iran

by admin March 28, 2012

Demanding Congress make it clear that the U.S. is not declaring war on Iran, Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., successfully blocked an effort to impose tougher sanctions on the foreign country’s financial system. The bill would give President Obama the power to require U.S. firms disclose any relationship to Iranian activities and penalize parent companies whose […]

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Reid ♥ McConnell

by admin March 22, 2012

Speaking at a Bipartisan Policy Center event, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., wants people to know that despite public perception he and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., get along fabulously. Evoking McConnell’s idol, Henry Clay, the Democratic leader told the crowd there is even an attempt to foster more cooperation and compromise between the […]

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Democrats Pounce McConnell for Mentioning Iran War Resolution, Military Force

by admin March 7, 2012

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv., advised lawmakers to be cautious about publicly discussing a possible war with Iran after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suggested the Senate should consider a resolution to would allow President Obama to use military force to prevent the Middle Eastern country from getting nuclear weapons. McConnell said publicly […]

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McConnell Preemptively Criticizes Obama Address

by admin January 24, 2012

Speaking on the Senate floor hours before the State of the Union, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., preemptively slammed President Obama’s annual address, saying he is already disappointed in the speech. The president is scheduled to deliver the nationally televised speech in the House chamber Tuesday, and several reports have signaled it will focus on […]

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Boehner Clock Urges Democrats to Pass GOP Payroll Tax Plan

by admin December 14, 2011

The office of U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Oh., released a “countdown clock” on Tuesday to urge Senate Democrats to pass the Republican-sponsored bill extending the payroll tax cuts. The House approved the legislation by a 234-to-193 vote last night, despite a veto threat from President Obama and a pledge by Senate Majority […]

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McConnell Urges Passage of GOP Payroll Tax Plan

by admin December 13, 2011

Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., urged the House to pass a Republican plan that extends the payroll tax cut. But the legislation includes wording to speed up federal approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which has become a dividing issue. The 1,700-mile link would bring oil from Alberta, […]

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Paul Derides Democrats Over FEMA Funding

by admin September 26, 2011

With a partisan fight over a short-term federal spending bill escalating, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is criticizing Senate Democrats over federal disaster funding and blaming them for another potential government shutdown. Democrats and Republicans disagree over how to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency and whether it should include cuts to other programs. Senate […]

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Yarmuth: Chances of Shutdown Deal Are “Very Slim”

by admin April 8, 2011

With less than 11 hours before the midnight Friday deadline, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., called proposed cuts made by Republicans reckless and doubted a deal will be made to stop a government shutdown. Top Democrats and Republicans have publicly disagreed about the reasons for an impasse. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters […]

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Shutdown Negotiations Yield No Deal

by admin April 7, 2011

With less than a day until a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders failed to reach an agreement Thursday night. The president met with Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to reach an agreement on a federal budget before the midnight Friday deadline. All sides have said their differences have […]

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