Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to win the Senate’s consent to approve an extension of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, which would reauthorize funding until fiscal year 2090.
The bill cleared the House in a 402-12 vote last week.
Paul objected to the bill. Under Senate rules, any one senator can try to get consent to pass a bill or resolution, but one senator can also block that request, reports The Hill.
“It has long been my feeling that we need to address our massive debt in the country,” he said. “And therefore any new spending … should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need to at the very least have this debate.”
Gillibrand said she was “deeply disappointed” in Paul’s decision, adding “enough of the political games.”
“I am deeply disappointed that my colleague has just objected to the desperately needed and urgent bill for our 9/11 first responders,” she added.
"I am deeply disappointed that my colleague has just objected to the desperately needed and urgent bill for our 9/11 first responders."
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Jon Stewart torched lawmakers last month for not passing The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.