Halfway Through 2023: A Recap

🎉 We’re halfway through 2023 🎉

Let’s take a moment to highlight Dr. Paul’s year so far.

Fiscal Responsibility

Washington has spent so recklessly for so long, that our national debt now exceeds $32 trillion. Dr. Paul  is an unwavering advocate for fiscal responsibility, who tirelessly fights to reduce government spending, lower taxes, and promote balanced budgets.

Dr. Rand Paul Returns Over $6.5 Million to U.S. Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he has returned over $6.5 million to the taxpayers since taking office in January 2011.

ICYMI: Dr. Paul, Sen. Lee Send Letter to President Biden on Debt-Ceiling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and 22 other Senators sent a letter to President Biden expressing opposition to a debt-ceiling hike without real structural spending reform that reduces deficit spending.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Ernst Demand SBA Inspector General Assess $5.4 Billion in Small Business Loan Fraud

The senators’ inquiry follows a report by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee which detailed massive fraud in the Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Hassan Introduce Duplication Scoring Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Duplication Scoring Act, which seeks to reduce the size of government by eliminating duplicative programs and prevent further duplication within the federal government.

Dr. Rand Paul Reintroduces Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his efforts to rein in wasteful spending and reform government by reintroducing the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act.

Dr. Paul Highlights Need for Fiscal Responsibility at Hearing Examining Government Waste and Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, emphasized the importance of reducing government waste during a hearing titled “GAO’s 2023 High Risk List: Recommendations for Reducing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul showcased examples of waste from his 2022 ‘Festivus’ Report, which identified over $482 billion dollars in government waste.

Dr. Rand Paul Announces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced his conservative alternative to the Biden-McCarthy debt deal. This alternative will be offered as an amendment to the so-called “Fiscal Responsibility Act” deal and would replace existing language with responsible reforms and necessary cuts.

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced his conservative alternative to the Biden-McCarthy debt deal. This alternative will be offered as an amendment to the so-called “Fiscal Responsibility Act” deal and would replace existing language with responsible reforms and necessary cuts.

WTAS: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced his conservative alternative to the Biden-McCarthy debt deal. This alternative will be offered as an amendment to the so-called “Fiscal Responsibility Act” deal and would replace existing language with responsible reforms and necessary cuts.

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Bipartisan Push to Audit the Pentagon and End Wasteful Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in introducing legislation that would require the Department of Defense (DOD) to finally pass a full, independent audit in fiscal year 2024. If enacted, the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2023 would require any DOD component that fails to complete a clean audit opinion to return 1 percent of its budget to the Treasury for deficit reduction.

Senate to Vote on Dr. Rand Paul’s “Audit the Fed”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate will vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) “Audit the Fed” legislation, which has been introduced as an amendment to the pending spending bill in the Senate (Paul 1217). This legislation, also known as the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, would prevent the Federal Reserve from concealing vital information on its operations from Congress.

Dr. Rand Paul Forces Senate Vote on “Audit the Fed”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate voted on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) “Audit the Fed” legislation, which was introduced as an amendment to the pending spending bill in the Senate (Paul 1217). This legislation, also known as the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, would have prevented the Federal Reserve from concealing vital information on its operations from Congress.

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Forces Senate Vote on Conservative Amendment Saving Taxpayers Billions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) forced the U.S. Senate to vote on his conservative amendment to the U.S. House of Representatives’ short-term spending bill that would have saved American taxpayers $50 billion over ten weeks.

Dr. Rand Paul Releases 2023 ‘Festivus’ Report on Government Waste

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released his 2023 “Festivus” Report, totaling ~$900,000,000,000 in government waste.

Privacy and Civil Liberties

The Founding Fathers warned of a Federal Government bent on exercising arbitrary power to infringe upon individual rights and privacy. The Federal Government continues to expand the scope of its power at an alarming rate, while blatantly ignoring the constitutional limits on Federal authority and guarantee of our freedoms. Dr. Paul is at the forefront of protecting our privacy rights and civil liberties by acting to curb government surveillance and censorship and defending every word of the Bill of Rights. 

Dr. Rand Paul Fights to Protect Civil Liberties, Calls on Senate to Remove Domestic Spying Authority in NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in a continuation of his efforts to protect Americans’ civil liberties and push for reform to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) forced a Senate vote to remove reauthorization of FISA from the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Legislation to Restore and Protect Americans’ Fourth Amendment Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Fourth Amendment Restoration and Protection Act. A bill to restore and protect the Fourth Amendment rights of all Americans while still protecting national security. The bill would ensure Americans cannot be subjected to government surveillance upon the order of the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) or Executive Order 12333. While national security requires the ability to gather intelligence on foreign threats, using those authorities to conduct warrantless spying on Americans is an impermissible violation of the rights guaranteed to us by the Fourth Amendment.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Budd Send Letter to Sec. Austin Demanding that DoD Rescind Abortion Travel Policy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Budd (R-NC), along with 25 other GOP Senators, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin denouncing the department’s policy of paying the travel expenses of those servicemembers and dependents seeking abortions.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Bipartisan Letter Urging the U.S. to End Prosecution of Julian Assange

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and 15 other bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter encouraging President Biden to end the extradition request currently pending against Australian publisher Julian Assange and halt all prosecutorial proceedings against him in an effort to preserve free speech and freedom of the press.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Scott Lead Letter Demanding Mayorkas Rescind Appointments of Known Disinformation Spreaders to Intelligence Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Senators Rick Scott (R-FL), Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Roger Marshall (R-KS), all members of the of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging him to immediately rescind the appointments of James Clapper, John Brennan and Paul Kolbe to the newly formed Homeland Intelligence Experts Group. The senators are also demanding answers on how these appointment decisions were made. These individuals are known purveyors of disinformation who asserted, without evidence, that the abandoned laptop of Joe Biden’s son and the voluminous records of incriminating information it contained were “Russian disinformation.”

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Continues to Fight Against COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Senate Pages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, as a continuation of his efforts to protect individual freedoms and put an end to unscientific mandates, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and that, for young and healthy people, the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop the transmission of COVID-19.

WTAS: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Educating Responsible Future Hunters Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, the Biden Administration announced its plan to withhold funding from schools with hunting and archery programs, based on purposeful misinterpretation of a provision in last year’s gun control legislation. As a continuation of his efforts to fight back against this assault on American values and these important school programs, last week, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Educating Responsible Future Hunters Act. Last year, Dr. Paul fought to protect Americans’ rights during the Senate’s consideration of gun control legislation. He proposed several amendments, including one to remove the provision preventing schools from using funds to be spent on arming and training personnel to protect students and teachers.

Dr. Rand Paul Continues Fight Against Biden Administration’s Assault on Kentucky Values and School Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, the Biden Administration announced their plan to withhold funding from schools with hunting and archery programs, based on purposeful misinterpretation of a provision in last year’s gun control legislation. As a continuation of his efforts to fight back against this assault on Kentucky values and these important school programs, today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Educating Responsible Future Hunters Act. Last year, Dr. Paul fought to protect Kentuckians’ rights during the Senate’s consideration of gun control legislation. He proposed several amendments, including one to remove the provision preventing schools from using funds to be spent on arming and training personnel to protect students and teachers.

Dr. Paul Highlights Government Collusion with Social Media Platforms to Censor Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, expressed concerns about the U.S. government using artificial intelligence for applications that would infringe on American civil liberties during a hearing titled “Governing Artificial Intelligence Through Acquisition and Procurement.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul highlighted multiple instances where federal agencies used tax dollars to collude with social media companies to violate the First Amendment rights of American citizens.

Senate Democrats Reject Dr. Paul’s Resolution to Protect Senate Pages from COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as a continuation of his efforts to protect individual freedoms and put an end to unscientific mandates, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and that, for young and healthy people, the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop the transmission of COVID-19.

Democrats Refuse to Follow the Science, Reject Dr. Rand Paul’s Resolution Protecting Senate Pages from COVID-19 Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of vaccination, testing, and masking requirements related to COVID-19, especially given the myriad of studies showing that for young and healthy people the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Rand Paul to Ask Senate to Unanimously Pass Resolution Protecting Senate Pages from Unscientific COVID-19 Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will ask the Senate to unanimously pass his resolution protecting Senate Pages from the imposition of vaccination, testing, and masking requirements related to COVID-19, especially given the myriad of studies showing that for young and healthy people the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID vaccine. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Wyden and Bipartisan Senators Reintroduce the Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act

Washington, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), reintroduced the Fourth Amendment is Not For Sale Act in the U.S. Senate, following the bill’s unanimous passage in the House Judiciary Committee last week.

Dr. Paul, Chairman Jordan Fight to Protect Americans’ First Amendment Rights Against Government Censorship

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee introduced the Free Speech Protection Act that will prohibit federal employees and contractors from using their positions to censor and otherwise attack speech protected by the First Amendment. The bill will impose mandatory severe penalties for those individuals that violate this rule.

Dr. Rand Paul Forces Vote on Government Censorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 15, 2023Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 Dr. Rand Paul Forces Vote on Government Censorship Democrats and Republicans oppose efforts to protect free speech with a final vote of 2-13 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator...

Reform and Oversight

Washington is in desperate need of reform. Dr. Paul understands that oversight plays a crucial role in safeguarding the rights and liberties of the American people. He continues to put necessary checks on the concentration of power, ensuring transparency, accountability, and the protection of individual freedoms.

Dr. Paul Joins 50 Senator Bipartisan Challenge to Biden Rule Politicizing Americans’ 401(k)s

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and a group of 49 other Senators led by Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) will be introducing their bipartisan challenge to President Biden’s ESG rule which politicizes millions of Americans’ retirement investments to favor Biden’s ideological preferences rather than getting the best returns for Americans.

Dr. Rand Paul Elected Ranking Member of HSGAC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was elected as ranking member of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces the Government Shutdown Prevention Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Government Shutdown Prevention Act. The bill incentivizes Congress to properly consider and debate spending legislation in the future, as it would immediately cut spending if government funding deadlines are missed.

Dr. Paul, Peters Announce Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members for the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced the Chairs and Ranking Members of the committee’s three subcommittees for the 118th Congress.

Dr. Paul, Peters Announce Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Membership 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced members that will serve on the committee’s subcommittees in the 118th Congress:

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Legislation and Senate Rule to Enact Congressional Transparency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Write the Laws Act, the One Subject at a Time Act, the Read the Bills Act, and a resolution to change Senate rules to provide sufficient time for legislation to be read before being considered by the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Rubio Reintroduce Bill to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Daylight Saving Time, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2023 for the 118th Congress. The legislation would end the antiquated practice of changing clocks twice a year.

Dr. Rand Paul Reintroduces Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his efforts to rein in wasteful spending and reform government by reintroducing the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act.

Dr. Rand Paul, Rep. Chip Roy Introduce NIH Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Representative Chip Roy. (R-TX-21) introduced the NIH Reform Act to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and replace it with three separate national research institutes that would be led by directors subject to Senate confirmation and limited to no more than two 5-year terms.

Dr. Paul Stresses Need to Overhaul Government Classification Process and Increase Transparency 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, stressed the urgent need to fix the government’s classification processes at a committee hearing titled “Modernizing the Government’s Classification System.” The hearing examined the government’s excessive classification of documents and information over the last several decades.

Dr. Paul Roll Call Op-Ed: The Overclassification Problem Plaguing the Federal Government 

In a new op-ed for Roll Call, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, discussed the need to reexamine the government’s classification process and increase transparency.

Dr. Paul’s Bill to Prevent Duplicative Programs Advances in Committee 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that his Duplication Scoring Act of 2023, a bill to cut wasteful duplicative spending and reduce the size of the federal government, was advanced by the Committee during today’s business meeting. The bill directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to analyze legislation reported by any congressional committee and report to Congress whether the legislation would create a duplicative program, office, or initiative. The Duplication Scoring Act will ensure that GAO prevents the passage of any fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative program.

Dr. Paul Stresses Importance of Investigating COVID-19 Origins to DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during a hearing titled “The FY24 DHS Budget: Resources and Authorities Requested to Protect and Secure the Homeland.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul stressed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department’s continued refusal to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

Senate Votes on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment to Protect Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate voted on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment which makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. The amendment was considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act.

Biden Administration Stonewalls COVID-19 Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the agencies inability to turn over information requested by Republican Senators on the origins of COVID-19.

Foreign Policy

Our nation is at its strongest when we establish clear priorities. With a principled stance on foreign affairs, Dr. Paul consistently advocates for a restrained approach to U.S. foreign policy. His calls for careful deliberation by the people’s elected representatives in Congress before engaging in military interventions and oversight of the conduct of the use of military force are vital in preserving our nation’s security and Constitution.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Bipartisan Effort to Repeal 1991 and 2002 AUMFs, Formally Ending Gulf and Iraq Wars

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-12), Chip Roy (R-TX-21), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), and Tom Cole (R-OK-04) in cosponsoring the reintroduced bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs).

ICYMI: Dr. Paul Stresses Importance of National Archives Remaining Nonpartisan at Hearing 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during the committee’s first full hearing of the new Congress, to consider the nomination of Colleen J. Shogan to be Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration.

Dr. Rand Paul Continues Efforts to Return War Powers to Congress, Introduces Amendment to Repeal 2001 AUMF

Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his longtime efforts to return war making powers to Congress by introducing an amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).


Dr. Rand Paul Continues Efforts to Return War Powers to Congress, Forces Senate Vote on Amendment to Repeal 2001 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his longtime efforts to return war making powers to Congress by forcing the Senate to vote on his amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The final vote tally was 9-86.

Dr. Rand Paul Applauds Senate Repeal of 1991 and 2002 AUMFs, Calls for Repeal of 2001 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded the Senate for voting to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Dr. Paul additionally called for the Senate to repeal the 2001 AUMF which would fully return war making powers to Congress.

ICYMI: Homeland Security Committee Republicans Press Mayorkas over Department Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During yesterday’s hearing to consider the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) FY24 Budget, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his Department’s dangerous abuses of power and policies that have caused an unprecedented surge in illegal crossings. Throughout the hearing, members asked critical questions on the various issues threatening our homeland and endangering communities across the country.

Senators Continue Efforts to Return War Powers to Congress, Introduce the End Endless Wars Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the End Endless Wars Act, which would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) 180 days after enactment. This legislation would restore the constitutional role of the people’s representatives in Congress to debate and decide whether, where, and how to authorize the use of military force.

Dr. Paul, Reps. Roy and Davidson Reaffirm Congress’ Constitutional Authority to Declare War

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representatives Chip Roy (R-TX-21) and Warren Davidson (R-OH-8) introduced legislation to make it clear that Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cannot override Congress’ constitutional responsibilities to declare war.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Kaine Demand Answers from Department of State Following Afghanistan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a letter to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Verma asking the Department of State to comply with requests from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), as SIGAR fulfills its congressionally mandated oversight on the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan.

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Bill to Provide Much Needed Oversight of Ukraine Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced the Ukraine Aid Oversight Act which would extend the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) oversight authority to supervise American spending to Ukraine in order to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.

Dr. Rand Paul Offers Amendment to NDAA on Much Needed Ukraine Aid Oversight

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee offered his Ukraine Aid Oversight Act as an amendment to the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The amendment would have extended the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction’s (SIGAR) oversight authority to supervise American spending to Ukraine in order to detect and prevent waste, fraud, and abuse.

Dr. Rand Paul Demands Answers Concerning U.S. Troops Deployed in Niger Amidst Military Coup

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin demanding answers regarding U.S. troops deployed in Niger and the additional dangers the over 1,000 servicemembers stationed there face amidst a military coup.

Dr. Paul: The Federal Government Should Not Be Held Hostage for Ukraine Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) penned an op-ed for The American Conservative in which he makes abundantly clear that he will not consent to the expedited passage of any spending measure providing more American aid to Ukraine.

Dr. Rand Paul Puts Congress on Notice, Opposes Ukraine Spending at the Expense of American Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) delivered a speech on the U.S. Senate floor making it abundantly clear that he will not consent to the expedited passage of any spending measure providing more American aid to Ukraine.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Vance and Rep. Roy Reject Indefinite War in Ukraine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and JD Vance (R-OH), along with U.S. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX-21) led dozens of their colleagues in sending a bicameral letter to the White House rejecting further U.S. funding for the war in Ukraine.

Emergency Management

Dr. Paul is pursuing meaningful reforms to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of our emergency management efforts when people need help the most.

Paul, Peters, and Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and James Lankford (R-OK), introduced bipartisan legislation to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Paul, Peters & Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stakeholders and organizations are applauding U.S. Senators Rand Raul (R-KY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and James Lankford (R-OK) for introducing bipartisan legislation to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors. The senators serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Paul and Peters are Ranking Member and Chairman respectively.

Paul, Peters, and Lankford Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance Advances from Committee 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and James Lankford (R-OK) to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance has advanced out of committee. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors. The bill was advanced by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Paul serves as Ranking Member and Peters serves as Chair. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Paul, Peters, & Rubio Bipartisan Bill to Create One Deadline to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance Programs for Individuals Advances in the Senate 

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to create one application deadline for two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs that individuals use for federal disaster assistance has advanced in the Senate. FEMA’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and Individuals and Household Program (IHP) currently have different deadlines, which can cause confusion for disaster survivors who may have trouble tracking when they need to apply for each program. The senators’ bipartisan legislation would ensure these programs have the same deadline to reduce the burden on people who need them to rebuild their lives after disasters. The bill was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where Paul serves as Ranking Member and Peters serves as Chair. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Dr. Rand Paul’s Bipartisan Bills to Simplify FEMA Deadlines and Application Process for Disaster Assistance Pass Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation cosponsored by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) to simplify and streamline the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program’s deadlines and applications for disaster survivors passed the U.S. Senate. Both bills now move to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

Kentucky’s Congressional Delegation Urges Major Disaster Declaration for Recent Severe Storms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following recent damage caused by severe storms, Kentucky’s federal delegation sent a joint letter to President Biden, urging his approval of Governor Andy Beshear’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration, which would release federal funding to assist with critical clean-up and repairs.

Second Amendment Advocate

There are many in Washington who give lip service to the Second Amendment, but vote to restrict gun ownership once they begin serving in public office. Dr. Paul knows gun control laws only restrict access to responsible gun ownership.

Dr. Paul Joins Sens. Marshall and Kennedy, Rep. Clyde, in Reintroducing SHORT Act to Roll Back ATF’s New Pistol Brace Rule

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, M.D. (R-KY) joined U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) and John Kennedy (R-LA) in introducing the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act.

Dr. Rand Paul Votes to Stop Biden’s Anti-Second Amendment Pistol Brace Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voted to prevent the Biden administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from enforcing its unconstitutional “Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces” rule.

Dr. Rand Paul Continues Fight Against Biden Administration’s Assault on Kentucky Values and School Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As a continuation of his efforts to defend Kentucky from the Biden Administration’s assault on Kentuckians and their values, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) recently sent a letter to President Biden urging his administration to withdraw its plans to block funding for elementary and secondary schools with hunting and archery programs.

Dr. Rand Paul Continues Fight Against Biden Administration’s Assault on Kentucky Values and School Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, the Biden Administration announced their plan to withhold funding from schools with hunting and archery programs, based on purposeful misinterpretation of a provision in last year’s gun control legislation. As a continuation of his efforts to fight back against this assault on Kentucky values and these important school programs, today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Educating Responsible Future Hunters Act. Last year, Dr. Paul fought to protect Kentuckians’ rights during the Senate’s consideration of gun control legislation. He proposed several amendments, including one to remove the provision preventing schools from using funds to be spent on arming and training personnel to protect students and teachers.

WTAS: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Educating Responsible Future Hunters Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, the Biden Administration announced its plan to withhold funding from schools with hunting and archery programs, based on purposeful misinterpretation of a provision in last year’s gun control legislation. As a continuation of his efforts to fight back against this assault on American values and these important school programs, last week, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Educating Responsible Future Hunters Act. Last year, Dr. Paul fought to protect Americans’ rights during the Senate’s consideration of gun control legislation. He proposed several amendments, including one to remove the provision preventing schools from using funds to be spent on arming and training personnel to protect students and teachers.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Effort to Demand Answers Over Biden Administration’s Unprecedented Pause of Firearms Export Licenses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senator Ted Budd (R-NC) and 44 other U.S. Senators in a letter to Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo raising questions over the decision announced last month by the Bureau of Industry and Security to pause for 90 days the issuance of export licenses for firearms, ammunition, and certain accessories to most overseas markets. This unprecedented move is the latest chapter in the Biden administration’s hostility towards America’s firearms industry.

Healthcare Reform

Since the passage of Obamacare, states, businesses, and other institutions filed constitutional challenges to many of the burdensome provisions of the law. Dr. Paul has been a tireless advocate for healthcare reform, emphasizing the importance of free-market solutions and empowering individuals to make their own healthcare decisions. His dedication to finding alternatives to the current system is a step towards providing affordable and accessible care for all Americans. 

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Continues Fight Against COVID-19 Mandates for Senate Pages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, as a continuation of his efforts to protect individual freedoms and put an end to unscientific mandates, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Senators Paul, Manchin, Budd Send Letter to FDA Urging CTP Reform for Harm-Reduced Products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Ted Budd (R-NC) sent a letter to Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) to reform its application review process for harm-reduced products. The Senators also requested information about CTP’s policies and actions to ensure it is acting efficiently and in a way that is based on science and evidence.

Senators Paul, Markey Celebrate Bipartisan Committee Passage of Lifesaving Methadone Expansion Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, issued the following statement after the Senate HELP Committee passed the Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act (MOTAA), legislation to allow board certified addiction medicine and addiction psychiatry doctors registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe methadone that patients could pick up at a pharmacy. The bipartisan legislation would represent the first major reform to methadone in half a century and is supported by hundreds of clinicians and medical organizations.

Dr. Rand Paul Urges FDA to Rescind Overburdensome Proposed Rule on Laboratory Developed Tests

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter to Dr. Robert Califf, Commissioner of Food and Drugs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the FDA’s recent proposed rule on Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs). The proposed rule would inappropriately impose the FDA’s medical device regulatory framework on health care providers developing and performing LDTs as part of their professional practice. It would also cause unnecessary disruptions to patient care.

Dr. Rand Paul Urges FDA to Update Animal Testing Guidance in Accordance with the FDA Modernization Act 2.0

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), led a bipartisan group of nine senators in sending a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure the FDA is updating its animal testing regulations following the enactment of the FDA Modernization Act 2.0 last year. The legislation ended an outdated FDA mandate that required investigational new drugs to be tested on animals in pre-clinical trials. The legislation did not ban animal testing, but it allowed drug sponsors to use modern alternative methods to demonstrate a drug’s safety and effectiveness where they were suitable.

Dr. Rand Paul Reintroduces the Limiting CDC to Disease Control Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced legislation that would limit the emergency powers the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) abused during the COVID-19 pandemic, clarifying that those powers are for public health emergencies only.

Dr. Rand Paul, Sens. Warren, Grassley Renew Push for the Medicare Audiology Access Improvement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senators, Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led their colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Medicare Audiology Access Improvement Act, legislation to ensure that seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare are able to access a full range of hearing and balance health care services provided by licensed audiologists, who are trained and licensed in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including the District of Columbia. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Angus King (I-Maine).

Biden Administration Stonewalls COVID-19 Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the agencies inability to turn over information requested by Republican Senators on the origins of COVID-19.

Senate to Vote on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment to Protect Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate will vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment which makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. The amendment is being considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act.

Dr. Paul Stresses Importance of Investigating COVID-19 Origins to DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during a hearing titled “The FY24 DHS Budget: Resources and Authorities Requested to Protect and Secure the Homeland.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul stressed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department’s continued refusal to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

Dr. Rand Paul, Rep. Chip Roy Introduce NIH Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Representative Chip Roy. (R-TX-21) introduced the NIH Reform Act to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and replace it with three separate national research institutes that would be led by directors subject to Senate confirmation and limited to no more than two 5-year terms.

At Hearing, Dr. Paul Addresses the Dangers of the Government’s Heavy Hand in Drug Shortages 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:March 22, 2023Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 At Hearing, Dr. Paul Addresses The Dangers of the Government's Heavy Hand in Drug Shortages WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate...

Dr. Paul, Sen. Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Lower Health Care Costs by Streamlining Generic Medication Approval Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), both members of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to streamline the approval process for generic medications, which are often significantly cheaper than their brand-name counterparts. The bipartisan Increasing Transparency in Generic Drug Applications Act would help get generic medications onto the market faster and lower prescription drug prices for consumers.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Booker Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Research and Access to Potential Life Saving Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced an updated version of the Breakthrough Therapies Act. This legislation will remove regulatory hurdles that inhibit research and compassionate use access to potentially lifesaving treatments that are heavily restricted by Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Markey Introduce Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act to Reach More Americans Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder as Annual Overdoses Surpass 100,000 Across U.S.

Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced their bipartisan and bicameral Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act. The legislation will improve patients’ ability to access medication treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) by modernizing outdated rules, empowering board-certified physicians to prescribe methadone to patients, and allowing U.S. pharmacies to dispense methadone.

COVID Transparency

Dr. Rand Paul has been at the forefront of advocating for transparency and accountability from the federal government following the COVID-19 pandemic. As a senator and physician, he demanded clear answers from public health officials on natural immunity, the origins of COVID-19, and the costs of lockdowns. In his pursuit of transparency, Dr. Paul has called attention to the potential dangers of gain-of-function research and has encouraged policymakers to consider a range of perspectives and expert opinions.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Updated Legislation Building on Vaccine Mandate Ban to Reinstate Service Members Fired Over Covid Vaccine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:January 24, 2023Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Paul (R-KY), along with 11 of his colleagues, cosponsored the Allowing Military Exemptions, Recognizing Individual Concerns About New Shots...

Dr. Paul, Rep. Bishop Introduce COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC-8) introduced the COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are not used to support health care facilities that deny care to patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Dr. Rand Paul, Rep. Chip Roy Introduce NIH Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Representative Chip Roy. (R-TX-21) introduced the NIH Reform Act to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and replace it with three separate national research institutes that would be led by directors subject to Senate confirmation and limited to no more than two 5-year terms.

Dr. Paul Stresses Importance of Investigating COVID-19 Origins to DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during a hearing titled “The FY24 DHS Budget: Resources and Authorities Requested to Protect and Secure the Homeland.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul stressed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department’s continued refusal to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

Senate Votes on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment to Protect Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate voted on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment which makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. The amendment was considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act.

Dr. Paul The Hill Op-Ed: Department of Homeland Security’s COVID Censorship Problem

In a new op-ed for The Hill, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, discussed the Department of Homeland Security’s concerning record of censoring free speech regarding COVID-19.

Senators Call on USAID to Turn Over Information Requested on COVID-19 Origins

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, ahead of Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), yet again called on Administrator Power to turn over information requested by himself and 24 other Republican Senators on the origins of COVID-19.

Biden Administration Stonewalls COVID-19 Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the agencies inability to turn over information requested by Republican Senators on the origins of COVID-19.

Dr. Paul and HSGAC Republicans Vote to Require that DHS Provide Congress its Intelligence Assessments on the Origins of COVID-19 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously supported U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Committee, amendment to the Offices of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and Health Security Act of 2022 mandating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provide this Committee, along with the House Homeland Security Committee, all intelligence assessments related to the origins of COVID-19.

Dr. Rand Paul Reintroduces the Limiting CDC to Disease Control Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced legislation that would limit the emergency powers the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) abused during the COVID-19 pandemic, clarifying that those powers are for public health emergencies only.

After Silence from DOJ Dr. Rand Paul Asks U.S. Attorney to Investigate Anthony Fauci

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C., Matthew Graves, requesting his office open an investigation into testimony made to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) on May 11, 2021, by Dr. Anthony Fauci, former Director the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Dr. Rand Paul to Ask Senate to Unanimously Pass Resolution Protecting Senate Pages from Unscientific COVID-19 Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) will ask the Senate to unanimously pass his resolution protecting Senate Pages from the imposition of vaccination, testing, and masking requirements related to COVID-19, especially given the myriad of studies showing that for young and healthy people the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID vaccine. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop transmission of COVID-19.

Democrats Refuse to Follow the Science, Reject Dr. Rand Paul’s Resolution Protecting Senate Pages from COVID-19 Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of vaccination, testing, and masking requirements related to COVID-19, especially given the myriad of studies showing that for young and healthy people the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop transmission of COVID-19.

Senate Democrats Reject Dr. Paul’s Resolution to Protect Senate Pages from COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, as a continuation of his efforts to protect individual freedoms and put an end to unscientific mandates, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced a resolution that would have protected Senate Pages from the imposition of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Multiple scientific studies have shown a heightened risk of myocarditis for children and teenagers after taking an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and that, for young and healthy people, the risks posed by the vaccine are greater than the risks posed by COVID-19. Furthermore, there is consensus that the vaccines do not stop the transmission of COVID-19.

Dr. Rand Paul Leads Letter Requesting Information on CIA Whistleblower Allegations Concerning COVID-19 Origins Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rick Scott (R-FL), sent a letter to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), William J. Burns, requesting information on the recent whistleblower allegations related to the CIA’s investigation into the origins of COVID-19.

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Dr. Paul’s Bipartisan FDA Modernization Act 2.0 to End Animal Testing Mandates Included in 2022 Year-end Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:January 6, 2023Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, Congress passed U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) bipartisan FDA Modernization Act 2.0 that ends animal testing mandates as part of a larger bill, H.R....

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Updated Legislation Building on Vaccine Mandate Ban to Reinstate Service Members Fired Over Covid Vaccine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:January 24, 2023Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Paul (R-KY), along with 11 of his colleagues, cosponsored the Allowing Military Exemptions, Recognizing Individual Concerns About New Shots...

Dr. Paul, Colleagues, Renew Effort to Place Moratorium on Federally-Funded Risky Gain-of-Function Projects

Washington, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined his colleagues in reintroducing the Viral Gain-of-Function Research Moratorium Act, originally sponsored by U.S. Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS). The legislation would place a moratorium on all federal research grants involving risky gain-of-function research on potential pandemic pathogens. A new report from a federal watchdog agency concluded that the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) failed to meet key elements of its mandated oversight program responsibility.

Dr. Rand Paul Returns Over $6.5 Million to U.S. Taxpayers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced that he has returned over $6.5 million to the taxpayers since taking office in January 2011.

ICYMI: Dr. Paul, Sen. Lee Send Letter to President Biden on Debt-Ceiling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and 22 other Senators sent a letter to President Biden expressing opposition to a debt-ceiling hike without real structural spending reform that reduces deficit spending.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Ernst Demand SBA Inspector General Assess $5.4 Billion in Small Business Loan Fraud

The senators’ inquiry follows a report by the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee which detailed massive fraud in the Paycheck Protection and Economic Injury Disaster Loan programs.

Dr. Paul Joins Sens. Marshall and Kennedy, Rep. Clyde, in Reintroducing SHORT Act to Roll Back ATF’s New Pistol Brace Rule

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, M.D. (R-KY) joined U.S. Senators Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-KS) and John Kennedy (R-LA) in introducing the Stop Harassing Owners of Rifles Today (SHORT) Act.

Dr. Paul Joins 50 Senator Bipartisan Challenge to Biden Rule Politicizing Americans’ 401(k)s

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and a group of 49 other Senators led by Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) will be introducing their bipartisan challenge to President Biden’s ESG rule which politicizes millions of Americans’ retirement investments to favor Biden’s ideological preferences rather than getting the best returns for Americans.

Dr. Paul Joins All Republican Senators in Formally Challenging Biden WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) today joined all 48 of his Senate Republican colleagues in introducing a formal challenge to the Biden administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule through a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval.

Dr. Rand Paul Elected Ranking Member of HSGAC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was elected as ranking member of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC).

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces the Government Shutdown Prevention Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Government Shutdown Prevention Act. The bill incentivizes Congress to properly consider and debate spending legislation in the future, as it would immediately cut spending if government funding deadlines are missed.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Bipartisan Effort to Repeal 1991 and 2002 AUMFs, Formally Ending Gulf and Iraq Wars

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) and U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA-12), Chip Roy (R-TX-21), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07), and Tom Cole (R-OK-04) in cosponsoring the reintroduced bipartisan legislation to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs).

Dr. Paul, Peters Announce Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members for the 118th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced the Chairs and Ranking Members of the committee’s three subcommittees for the 118th Congress.

Dr. Paul, Peters Announce Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee Membership 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced members that will serve on the committee’s subcommittees in the 118th Congress:

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Legislation and Senate Rule to Enact Congressional Transparency

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the Write the Laws Act, the One Subject at a Time Act, the Read the Bills Act, and a resolution to change Senate rules to provide sufficient time for legislation to be read before being considered by the U.S. Senate.

Dr. Paul, Rep. Bishop Introduce COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC-8) introduced the COVID-19 Vaccination Non-Discrimination Act to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars are not used to support health care facilities that deny care to patients based on their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Dr. Rand Paul Announces 2023 Service Academy Nominations

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul issued the following statement after announcing his nominations to the U.S. service academies, consisting of 37 nominations to individuals from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Dr. Rand Paul Reintroduces National Right-to-Work Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) reintroduced the National Right-to-Work Act to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations or to refrain from such activities. The bill currently has 21 cosponsors.

ICYMI: Dr. Paul Stresses Importance of National Archives Remaining Nonpartisan at Hearing 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during the committee’s first full hearing of the new Congress, to consider the nomination of Colleen J. Shogan to be Archivist of the United States, National Archives and Records Administration.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Rubio Reintroduce Bill to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of Daylight Saving Time, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2023 for the 118th Congress. The legislation would end the antiquated practice of changing clocks twice a year.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Markey Introduce Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act to Reach More Americans Suffering from Opioid Use Disorder as Annual Overdoses Surpass 100,000 Across U.S.

Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced their bipartisan and bicameral Modernizing Opioid Treatment Access Act. The legislation will improve patients’ ability to access medication treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) by modernizing outdated rules, empowering board-certified physicians to prescribe methadone to patients, and allowing U.S. pharmacies to dispense methadone.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Booker Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Promote Research and Access to Potential Life Saving Drugs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced an updated version of the Breakthrough Therapies Act. This legislation will remove regulatory hurdles that inhibit research and compassionate use access to potentially lifesaving treatments that are heavily restricted by Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Hassan Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Lower Health Care Costs by Streamlining Generic Medication Approval Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH), both members of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, reintroduced bipartisan legislation to streamline the approval process for generic medications, which are often significantly cheaper than their brand-name counterparts. The bipartisan Increasing Transparency in Generic Drug Applications Act would help get generic medications onto the market faster and lower prescription drug prices for consumers.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Hassan Introduce Duplication Scoring Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced the Duplication Scoring Act, which seeks to reduce the size of government by eliminating duplicative programs and prevent further duplication within the federal government.

Dr. Rand Paul Reintroduces Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his efforts to rein in wasteful spending and reform government by reintroducing the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act.

Dr. Rand Paul Continues Efforts to Return War Powers to Congress, Introduces Amendment to Repeal 2001 AUMF

Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his longtime efforts to return war making powers to Congress by introducing an amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

At Hearing, Dr. Paul Addresses the Dangers of the Government’s Heavy Hand in Drug Shortages 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:March 22, 2023Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 At Hearing, Dr. Paul Addresses The Dangers of the Government's Heavy Hand in Drug Shortages WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate...


Dr. Rand Paul Continues Efforts to Return War Powers to Congress, Forces Senate Vote on Amendment to Repeal 2001 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his longtime efforts to return war making powers to Congress by forcing the Senate to vote on his amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The final vote tally was 9-86.

Dr. Rand Paul, Rep. Chip Roy Introduce NIH Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Representative Chip Roy. (R-TX-21) introduced the NIH Reform Act to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and replace it with three separate national research institutes that would be led by directors subject to Senate confirmation and limited to no more than two 5-year terms.

Dr. Paul Stresses Need to Overhaul Government Classification Process and Increase Transparency 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, stressed the urgent need to fix the government’s classification processes at a committee hearing titled “Modernizing the Government’s Classification System.” The hearing examined the government’s excessive classification of documents and information over the last several decades.

Dr. Paul Roll Call Op-Ed: The Overclassification Problem Plaguing the Federal Government 

In a new op-ed for Roll Call, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, discussed the need to reexamine the government’s classification process and increase transparency.

Dr. Paul’s Bill to Prevent Duplicative Programs Advances in Committee 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that his Duplication Scoring Act of 2023, a bill to cut wasteful duplicative spending and reduce the size of the federal government, was advanced by the Committee during today’s business meeting. The bill directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to analyze legislation reported by any congressional committee and report to Congress whether the legislation would create a duplicative program, office, or initiative. The Duplication Scoring Act will ensure that GAO prevents the passage of any fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative program.

Dr. Rand Paul Applauds Senate Repeal of 1991 and 2002 AUMFs, Calls for Repeal of 2001 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded the Senate for voting to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Dr. Paul additionally called for the Senate to repeal the 2001 AUMF which would fully return war making powers to Congress.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators in Challenging Biden WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined a bipartisan group of Senators in challenging the Biden administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule through a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution of disapproval. The resolution passed 53-43.

Dr. Rand Paul Fights to Protect Constitution, Opposes Senate Bill to Ban TikTok

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to protect Americans’ First Amendment rights and oppose a Senate bill that would ban TikTok. Dr. Paul’s objection comes from a commitment to defend our Constitutional rights and prevent government censorship.

Dr. Paul Stresses Importance of Investigating COVID-19 Origins to DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during a hearing titled “The FY24 DHS Budget: Resources and Authorities Requested to Protect and Secure the Homeland.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul stressed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department’s continued refusal to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

Senate to Vote on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment to Protect Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate will vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment which makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. The amendment is being considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act.

Senate Votes on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment to Protect Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate voted on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment which makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. The amendment was considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act.

ICYMI: Homeland Security Committee Republicans Press Mayorkas over Department Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During yesterday’s hearing to consider the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) FY24 Budget, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his Department’s dangerous abuses of power and policies that have caused an unprecedented surge in illegal crossings. Throughout the hearing, members asked critical questions on the various issues threatening our homeland and endangering communities across the country.

Dr. Paul The Hill Op-Ed: Department of Homeland Security’s COVID Censorship Problem

In a new op-ed for The Hill, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, discussed the Department of Homeland Security’s concerning record of censoring free speech regarding COVID-19.

Dr. Paul Highlights Need for Fiscal Responsibility at Hearing Examining Government Waste and Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, emphasized the importance of reducing government waste during a hearing titled “GAO’s 2023 High Risk List: Recommendations for Reducing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul showcased examples of waste from his 2022 ‘Festivus’ Report, which identified over $482 billion dollars in government waste.

Senators Call on USAID to Turn Over Information Requested on COVID-19 Origins

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, ahead of Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), yet again called on Administrator Power to turn over information requested by himself and 24 other Republican Senators on the origins of COVID-19.

Biden Administration Stonewalls COVID-19 Investigations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned Samantha Power, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the agencies inability to turn over information requested by Republican Senators on the origins of COVID-19.

Paul, Peters, and Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and James Lankford (R-OK), introduced bipartisan legislation to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Paul, Peters & Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stakeholders and organizations are applauding U.S. Senators Rand Raul (R-KY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and James Lankford (R-OK) for introducing bipartisan legislation to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors. The senators serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Paul and Peters are Ranking Member and Chairman respectively.

Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, warned of the threat to freedom of thought and expression posed by artificial intelligence surveillance in government during a hearing titled “Artificial Intelligence in Government.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul highlighted multiple examples of how federal agencies expand invasive surveillance programs with the use of AI and are using the technology to surveil and censor Americans’ protected speech.

Paul, Peters, and Lankford Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance Advances from Committee 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and James Lankford (R-OK) to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance has advanced out of committee. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors. The bill was advanced by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Paul serves as Ranking Member and Peters serves as Chair. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Dr. Paul and Bipartisan Senators Call for Reform to Surveillance of Americans’ Letters and Packages

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) led a group of six bipartisan senators in calling for stronger protections for the privacy of Americans’ letters and packages, in a letter to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). Dr. Paul is ranking member of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee which has jurisdiction over USPIS and the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Dr. Paul Celebrates the Passage of Bipartisan Resolution in Recognition of National Police Week 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-K.Y.) joined a broad bipartisan coalition of 78 Senators in introducing a resolution designating the week of May 14 through 20, 2023 as National Police Week. The resolution honors the law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty during 2022.

Dr. Paul National Review Op-Ed: Keep Artificial Intelligence out of Government Surveillance 

In a new op-ed for National Review, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, discussed the threat to freedom of thought and expression posed by artificial intelligence surveillance in government.

Dr. Rand Paul Announces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) announced his conservative alternative to the Biden-McCarthy debt deal. This alternative will be offered as an amendment to the so-called “Fiscal Responsibility Act” deal and would replace existing language with responsible reforms and necessary cuts.

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced his conservative alternative to the Biden-McCarthy debt deal. This alternative will be offered as an amendment to the so-called “Fiscal Responsibility Act” deal and would replace existing language with responsible reforms and necessary cuts.

WTAS: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced his conservative alternative to the Biden-McCarthy debt deal. This alternative will be offered as an amendment to the so-called “Fiscal Responsibility Act” deal and would replace existing language with responsible reforms and necessary cuts.

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

ICYMI: Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Conservative Alternative to Biden-McCarthy Debt Deal

Dr. Paul Stresses Need to Improve Management of Unused Government Real Estate Property 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during a hearing titled “FASTA Implementation and Optimizing the Efficient Use of Federal Property.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul highlighted the current inefficiencies of the Public Building Reform Board (PBRB), created under the Federal Assets Sale Transfer Act (FASTA) with the objective of optimizing the management of federal civilian real estate and ensuring efficient utilization of government resources. Their ability to manage and sell off unnecessary real estate inventory has been stymied by bureaucracy and agency resistance, resulting in the Board unable to meet its sale goals year after year. The friction between the agencies has cost the taxpayers billions of dollars, and without effective reform, taxpayer dollars will continue to be wasted on maintaining these unused real estate assets.

Senators Continue Efforts to Return War Powers to Congress, Introduce the End Endless Wars Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), J.D. Vance (R-OH), and Mike Braun (R-IN) introduced the End Endless Wars Act, which would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) 180 days after enactment. This legislation would restore the constitutional role of the people’s representatives in Congress to debate and decide whether, where, and how to authorize the use of military force.

Paul, Peters, & Rubio Bipartisan Bill to Create One Deadline to Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance Programs for Individuals Advances in the Senate 

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan legislation authored by U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to create one application deadline for two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs that individuals use for federal disaster assistance has advanced in the Senate. FEMA’s Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and Individuals and Household Program (IHP) currently have different deadlines, which can cause confusion for disaster survivors who may have trouble tracking when they need to apply for each program. The senators’ bipartisan legislation would ensure these programs have the same deadline to reduce the burden on people who need them to rebuild their lives after disasters. The bill was approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee where Paul serves as Ranking Member and Peters serves as Chair. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Tan Tax Repeal Act to Help Small Businesses and Consumers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-K Y) introduced the Tan Tax Repeal Act that would eliminate the 10 percent tax placed on small businesses and consumers. The “Tan Tax” on UV tanning services in tanning salons was included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which was passed in 2010. The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), Pete Ricketts (R-NE), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).

Dr. Rand Paul Forces Vote on Government Censorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 15, 2023Contact: Press_Paul@paul.senate.gov, 202-224-4343 Dr. Rand Paul Forces Vote on Government Censorship Democrats and Republicans oppose efforts to protect free speech with a final vote of 2-13 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator...

Dr. Paul and HSGAC Republicans Vote to Require that DHS Provide Congress its Intelligence Assessments on the Origins of COVID-19 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously supported U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Committee, amendment to the Offices of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and Health Security Act of 2022 mandating the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provide this Committee, along with the House Homeland Security Committee, all intelligence assessments related to the origins of COVID-19.

Dr. Rand Paul Fights to Protect Workers’ Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) offered his National Right-to-Work Act as an amendment during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee meeting. The National Right-to-Work Act would repeal six provisions of federal law that allow private-sector workers to be fired if they don’t surrender part of their paycheck to a union.

Dr. Paul Joins Republicans in Blasting Biden Efforts to Weaponize Rulemaking Reviews

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, joined Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, John Barrasso (R-WY), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and a coalition of Senate Republican committee ranking members in sounding the alarm over an attempt by the White House to hijack the rulemaking process to advance left-wing policy goals that have been rejected by Congress.

Dr. Paul, Reps. Roy and Davidson Reaffirm Congress’ Constitutional Authority to Declare War

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Representatives Chip Roy (R-TX-21) and Warren Davidson (R-OH-8) introduced legislation to make it clear that Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) cannot override Congress’ constitutional responsibilities to declare war.

Dr. Rand Paul Votes to Stop Biden’s Anti-Second Amendment Pistol Brace Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) voted to prevent the Biden administration’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from enforcing its unconstitutional “Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached Stabilizing Braces” rule.

Dr. Rand Paul Joins Bipartisan Push to Audit the Pentagon and End Wasteful Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) in introducing legislation that would require the Department of Defense (DOD) to finally pass a full, independent audit in fiscal year 2024. If enacted, the Audit the Pentagon Act of 2023 would require any DOD component that fails to complete a clean audit opinion to return 1 percent of its budget to the Treasury for deficit reduction.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Braun Send Letter to President Biden Urging Withdrawal of Julie Su’s Nomination for Labor Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), and 31 other GOP Senators sent a letter to the White House calling on President Biden to withdraw the nomination of Julie Su to be Secretary of the Department of Labor.

Dr. Paul, Sen. Kaine Demand Answers from Department of State Following Afghanistan Withdrawal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a letter to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Verma asking the Department of State to comply with requests from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), as SIGAR fulfills its congressionally mandated oversight on the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan.

Sen. Sanders Forbids Dr. Paul from Offering Amendment to Reveal Royalties of Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee meeting, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chairman of the HELP Committee, forbid U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) from offering an amendment that would require federal employees to reveal financial disclosures and royalty payments.

Dr. Rand Paul, Sens. Warren, Grassley Renew Push for the Medicare Audiology Access Improvement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Senators, Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) led their colleagues in introducing the bipartisan Medicare Audiology Access Improvement Act, legislation to ensure that seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare are able to access a full range of hearing and balance health care services provided by licensed audiologists, who are trained and licensed in all 50 states and U.S. territories, including the District of Columbia. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Angus King (I-Maine).

Dr. Rand Paul Honors Vietnam Veteran with Video Message Ahead of Ride in UH-1 Huey Helicopter

BOWLING GREEN, KY – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) released a video message celebrating Vietnam Veteran Specialist John Osborne who was honored in Williamstown with a ride on a UH-1 Huey helicopter. At the ceremony on Monday morning, Specialist Osborne received proclamations, presentations, and awards before his helicopter ride, including a letter from former U. S. President George W. Bush and the video message from Dr. Paul.

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