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Senate Democrat Leadership Denies Sen. Paul Brief Debate and Vote on Ending Aid to Pakistan

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Location: Washington, DC

Yesteday, Sen. Rand Paul once again requested that Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) provide a brief amount of time for debate and a vote on Sen. Paul's amendment to end U.S. aid to the government of Pakistan for their detainment of Dr. Shakil Afridi. Sen. Reid blocked Sen. Paul's attempt to allow a vote on his Pakistan amendment, as well as a new amendment cutting funding to Egypt and Libya pending the discovery and release to FBI authorities the perpetrators of Tuesday's attacks on our U.S. consulate and U.S. embassy. The two amendments introduced this evening are 2783 and 2815, respectively.

Sen. Paul offered the following statement prior to introducing his amendments:

"Today we are reminded that our enemies are relentless but we are also reminded that our so-called allies are often not acting like allies at all. We are saddened by the assassination of Ambassador Stevens and his fellow workers. And we are appalled by lack of protection of our embassies by supposed allies. We send billions of taxpayer dollars abroad and what do we get in return? Disrespect, disdain, and ultimately violence.

"I have two amendments I wish to call down. First, not one penny of American taxpayer dollars should go to Libya until the murderers are delivered to justice. And not one more penny should go to Egypt until they prove that they are willing and able to protect our embassy. Second, not one more penny of American taxpayer dollars should go to Pakistan until the doctor who helped us get bin Laden is freed."


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