U.S. Senator Rand Paul announced Wednesday he will file an amendment to the hurricane relief legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide assistance while preventing the federal government from further running up its debt.
“As the Senate prepares to vote on hurricane aid, I will be introducing an ‘America First’ amendment to cut wasteful spending from abroad to pay for much-needed relief here at home,” said Dr. Paul. “Moving forward, any new spending should be offset by significant reforms.”
Dr. Paul’s amendment would offset the $7.85 billion designated by the U.S. House, as well as an additional $2.15 billion to be used for either Hurricane Harvey relief or preparation for Hurricane Irma, by instead using funds that have been earmarked for foreign aid but not yet spent.