Senate Republicans Paul and Lee waiver on opposition to 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund
Added 07-18-19 04:13:02pm EST - “The two senators standing in the way of passing a new 9/11 bill backed down Thursday, agreeing to vote next week in return for having their own amendments considered.” - Nydailynews.com
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The two senators standing in the way of passing a new 9/11 bill backed down Thursday, agreeing to vote next week in return for having their own amendments considered.
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) stood in the way of a unanimous consent request Wednesday that would have sent the $10.2 billion renewal of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to the president's desk.
Paul, who objected on the floor of the Senate to a request by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), said he wants to cut spending elsewhere to pay for aid to the dying and ill 9/11 responders and victims.
Lee said through spokespeople that he was concerned about fraud and abuse in the program, and wants to cap payouts for the next 10 years at the $10.2 billion cost estimate for the bill. He also wants to allow just another $10 billion in payments for the remainder of the legislation, through 2092.
Gillibrand and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) accepted the deal to get a vote on the bill, and predicted they would defeat the Republicans' changes.
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