Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) bill to withhold foreign aid after attacks on U.S. installations abroad got its vote in an overnight marathon session before the upper chamber recessed for the campaign break.
Paul had threatened to hold up adjournment and filibuster other pending legislation if his bill, which called for a prohibition of aid to Egypt and Libya unless those who attacked the embassy and consulate are turned over to the U.S. , and the release of Dr. Shakil Afridi by Islamabad, didn’t get its day on the floor.
The bill was shot down 10-81. Thirty Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), voted against it.
“When nearly 80 percent of Americans believe foreign aid should be reduced – especially to countries that are not our allies – it is inconceivable why their views are ignored by so many in Congress. I am far from defeated on this; I will continue to fight for this issue when Congress returns, and I will continue to call attention to the billions of American dollars – borrowed from China, among other places – being sent to governments that are not willing to respect and protect our interests overseas,” Paul said.
“In no way should the United States government be sending money to governments who are not our ally, who blatantly disrespect our country, and who work to compromise the safety of our allies and citizens abroad,” he continued.
One of the handful of “yes” votes was from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
“The recent developments in Egypt, Libya and Pakistan are clearly a cause for concern. Although this bill was not perfect, it’s important that we send a message to countries receiving U.S. foreign aid that American assistance comes with responsibilities,” Toomey said.
Other “yeas” included Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).