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Wed Jul 17, 2019, 07:13 PM

9/11 victims bill stalls as Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee seek conditions for funding

LBN thread: Rand Paul blocks Senate from approving 9/11 victim compensation fund

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Source: Washington Post

9/11 victims bill stalls as Republican senators seek conditions for funding

By Devlin Barrett July 17 at 7:40 PM

A Republican senator moved Wednesday to stall for the moment legislation providing compensation to 9/11 workers, sparking an emotional appeal on behalf of those sick and dying after responding to Ground Zero.

Although lawmakers for several weeks generally declared broad support for the measure to extend a victims compensation fund, the objections of two conservative senators suggest its Senate passage may stall or require more political muscle to enact.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke out on the Senate floor Wednesday after Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed that the bill be approved by unanimous consent. Under Senate rules, an objection from a single senator can block a measure offered via unanimous consent.

Paul said he objected because any program that would last decades “should be offset by cutting spending that’s less valuable. We need, at the very least, to have this debate,” he said, adding that he would offer an amendment on the cost of the bill when it reaches the Senate floor.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) also has placed a hold on the legislation, according to advocates.

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/two-republican-senators-emerge-as-opponents-to-911-victims-bill/2019/07/17/b6fe830a-a89c-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html

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