WASHINGTON, D.C. - Building on the growing momentum and bipartisan coalitions rallying behind broad-based criminal justice reform, U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), today re-introduced S. 675, the REDEEM Act, sweeping legislation to reform the nation's broken criminal justice system, which has grown increasingly costly over the past four decades. The REDEEM Act (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment) will give Americans convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance at the American Dream. The legislation will help prevent kids who get into trouble from...Read more
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today reintroduced S.663, a bill to repeal certain provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and put an end to a defective bill that does not accomplish its objective of ending tax evasion. Text for bill, S.663, can be found below. "FATCA is in complete violation of every Americans' constitutional right to privacy and adds burdensome regulations that negatively impact our economy. It is a defective law which disregards the mutual respect of sovereignty among nations and drains money from the federal treasury, on top of discouraging overseas...Read more
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul yesterday reintroduced the Stand with Israel Act of 2015. This legislation would halt all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) until the P.A. renounces violence, purges terrorists from its ranks, and recognizes the nation of Israel. The Stand with Israel Act of 2014 was introduced last Congress in response to the P.A.'s attempts to form a unity government with the terrorists of Hamas-a unity government that still remains. Text for the bill, S.633, can be found below: "The Stand with Israel Act of 2015 sends a clear message: Unless the...Read more
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today signed on as a cosponsor to The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, introduced last week by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). This bipartisan legislation would mandate that the Obama Administration submit the text of any agreement to Congress, in addition to prohibiting the President from suspending Congressional sanctions for a period of 60 days. Click HERE for the full text of The Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. "As I have said all along, I believe it is in everyone's best interest to find a peaceful way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear...Read more
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today issued the following statement in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Joint Meeting of Congress: "Israel is and has always been America’s friend and ally. I was pleased to hear Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to Congress today, and join him in calling for peace and standing together for our mutual interests. It is important to work together to prevent a nuclear Iran, and the spread of Radical Islam," said Sen. Paul.Read more
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Has returned $1.8 million since taking office BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Sen. Rand Paul today announced that he has returned $480,000 to the United States Treasury - money unspent from his official operating budget in 2014. He made the announcement while speaking to young professionals this morning in Louisville, Ky. Since taking office in January 2011, from his Senate office budget, Sen. Paul has returned: $1.8 million to the U.S. Treasury in cumulative yearly operating budget savings $170,000 more through sequester cuts in 2013 17% of his total budget to taxpayers "Washington has put out-of-...Read more
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today re-introduced S. 457, the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act of 2015, co-sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). This bipartisan legislation would restore Federal voting rights for non-violent ex-offenders. "A criminal record is currently one of the biggest impediments to voting in federal elections. The Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act will reform existing federal law and give low-level ex-offenders another opportunity to vote. This is an issue that I feel strongly about, and I will continue to fight for the restoration of voting...Read more
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today announced his service academy nominations for 2015. Fifty-one Kentuckians were nominated to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. "It is an honor to nominate these young women and men from Kentucky to attend America's esteemed service academies," said Sen. Paul. "I applaud each of these students, both for their hard work in the classroom and their dedication to our country." The nominees, and their hometowns, are listed below: United States Military Academy Nomination 1...Read more
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul issued the following statement opposing the nomination of Loretta Lynch to the position of U.S. Attorney General: "Mrs. Lynch has a track-record of violating the individual freedoms granted to us by our Constitution. She considers civil asset forfeiture to be a 'useful tool,' while I consider it to be an infringement on the Fifth Amendment. She remains non-committal on the legality of drone strikes against American citizens, while I believe such strikes unequivocally violate rights granted to us by the Sixth Amendment. Mrs. Lynch also supports President Obama...Read more
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Bill To Ensure Sentences Consider Mitigating Factors In Appropriate Cases WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY), and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the Justice Safety Valve Act (S. 353/H.R. 706) in the Senate and House of Representatives. The Justice Safety Valve Act would give federal judges the ability to impose sentences below mandatory minimums in appropriate cases based upon mitigating factors. "Since mandatory sentencing began, America's prison population has quadrupled, to 2.4 million. America...Read more
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