Rand Paul ripped for halting 9/11 Victim Fund re-authorization bill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is facing a torrent of criticism after he delayed a vote in the Senate to reauthorize the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund on Wednesday.

Paul, according to the Washington Post, stalled an attempt by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) to have the bill approved by unanimous consent, believing that the costs associated with it should be offset elsewhere. A spokesperson for the senator told the news outlet that he wanted to add a provision to the bill to help pay for it.

Comedian Jon Stewart, an advocate for the fund, ripped Paul’s decision during an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.

“It’s absolutely outrageous, and you’ll pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling,” he said, later adding: “Now he stands up at the last minute, after 15 years of blood sweat and tears from the 9/11 community to say that it’s all over now. Now we’re going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community… This is about what kind of society we have, at some point we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us.”

Last month, Stewart gave emotional testimony during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing about the fund and blasted members of Congress for not attending the hearing.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, Paul said that he was not “blocking” the bill, but rather “asking for a vote on an amendment to offset the cost.”

The explanation was not met well by people online.

As of Friday morning, Paul’s tweet had more than 17 thousand replies compared to just 2,400 retweets and 9,400 likes.

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).