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After Threat To Congress, GOP Senator Reminds Trump King Charles I Was Beheaded After Dissolving Parliament


After Threat To Congress, GOP Senator Reminds Trump King Charles I Was Beheaded After Dissolving Parliament

GOP Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) once again voiced his opposition to an interim $484 billion coronavirus relief bill on Tuesday and called for parts of the economy shuttered in order to stem the spread of COVID-19 to be reopened.

Speaking from the U.S. Senate floor, Paul spoke against the stimulus package, saying that Congress’ focus should be on “reopening American commerce.”

“No amount of money — not all the money in China — will save us from ourselves,” Paul said. “Our only hope of rescuing this great country is to reopen the economy. If you print up billions of dollars and give it to people, they’re unlikely to spend it until you end the quarantine.”

Paul, who tested positive for the coronavirus, was in quarantine when the Senate passed the previous $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package and missed the vote.

“I rise in opposition to spending $500 billion more. The virus bailouts have already cost over $2 trillion. Our annual deficit this year will approach $4 trillion. We can’t continue on this course. No amount of bailout dollars will stimulate an economy that is being strangled by quarantine,” Paul said from the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Paul also took aim at President Donald Trump on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying that his threat to adjourn Congress is reminiscent of King Charles I trying to dissolve the Parliament of England in the 1600s.

“No virus, not even a plague should cause us to forget that our freedom is the result of resisting the concentration of power in the hands of the few,” Paul said. “Recently there has been dangerous talk of the president adjourning Congress.”

“I’m reminded of the long English battle to forbid the king from dissolving parliament,” he added. “In fact, Charles I lost his head partly because he insisted on dissolving parliament. In those days, parliament did not take Charles’ royal power grab laying down. When Charles I dissolved parliament in 1629, members took matters into their own hands and descended on the speaker John Finch and sat on him.”

“Whatever path of resistance we take, talk of the administration adjourning or temporarily dissolving Congress should loudly be resisted as if the republic depended on it,” Paul said.


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