Senate to Vote on Dr. Rand Paul’s ‘America First’ Plan to Fund Hurricane Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Senate will vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s “America First” amendment to the hurricane relief legislation that would provide assistance while preventing the federal government from further running up its debt. The vote is expected to take place around 12:15 pm eastern. 

“My amendment will give the Senate a chance to fund necessary relief in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Dr. Paul. “I urge my fellow senators to support it.” 

As revised after Senator McConnell introduced his own amendment to the House-passed legislation late last night, Dr. Paul’s amendment would offset the proposed $15.25 billion in emergency funding by instead using funds that have been earmarked for foreign aid but not yet spent. In addition, Dr. Paul’s amendment would ensure all spending in the bill goes toward disaster relief instead of long-term funding on unrelated projects.