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Sen. Paul Declares Intent to Hold Vote on Pakistan Aid

Jul 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This morning, Sen. Rand Paul sent a letter to Democrat Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), as well as President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman, announcing that he has gained the necessary number of signatures on a cloture petition to force a vote on legislation regarding cutting aid to Pakistan. Pending the outcome of the appeal trial of Dr. Shakil Afridi, Sen. Paul is prepared to call for a vote on cutting aid to the Pakistani government as early as July 20. Below is text of the letter.

 

 July 12, 2012

 

The Honorable Harry Reid

Majority Leader

United States Senate

Washington, DC  20510

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Republican Leader

United States Senate

Washington, DC  20510

 Dear Leaders Reid and McConnell,

             As you are aware, the appeal date for Dr. Shakil Afridi is now set for July 19 in a Pakistani court.  He faces 33 years in prison for his role in helping the United States to identify the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden through a door-to-door vaccination drive in Abbottabad, Pakistan.  Dr. Afridi's small but important contribution to the successful killing of the world's most infamous terrorist has been greeted with condemnation by Pakistani tribunals.  His home was seized, his family was forcibly relocated, and he has likely been subjected to the harshest of interrogation tactics during his detention.

             I have worked consistently to bring awareness to Dr. Afridi's plight, and I have offered legislation to deny any current or future foreign assistance to the Pakistani government until they reverse course and free Dr. Afridi.  In pursuing a resolution to this situation, I have gained the necessary number of signatures on a cloture petition to force a vote on my legislation on the Senate floor.  If Dr. Afridi is not released upon appeal, I will seek such a floor vote at the earliest opportunity.  This legislation would deny Pakistan tens of billions of dollars in foreign assistance into the future if Dr. Afridi is not freed-extending through the duration of his 33-year prison sentence, if necessary.

             I look forward to working with you to ensure that Dr. Afridi's situation is addressed without delay, and I would like to work with you to set an agreeable time for consideration of my legislation, should Dr. Afridi remain in prison. 

 

                                                                                                Sincerely,

 

 

                                                                                                Rand Paul, M.D.

                                                                                                United States Senator

 

 

CC:      Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States

            Hon. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State

            Amb. Sherry Rehman, Pakistani Ambassador to the United States

 

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