Senator Rand Paul, R-KY, is taking a stand against foreign aid. And he won’t sit down until something is done about it.
According to the Daily Caller, Paul is encouraging his fellow Republicans to adopt the policy: “You do not get foreign aid unless you are an unwavering ally of the United States.”
He is filibustering a $500 billion funding bill until those provisions in it that allot millions of dollars to Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan are reconsidered.
According to the USAID website, the total amount disbursed by the United States to those three countries in 2010 is approximately $3.5 billion.
Paul’s harsh attitude toward foreign aid sounds similar to, though less extensive than, his father’s. Congressman Ron Paul, in his “Plan to Restore America,” proposed the United States end all foreign aid completely. The younger Paul’s recent stance in the Senate has caused some Ron Paul supporters to take a closer look at Rand, whose positions have been more moderate than those of his father. The questions remains whether the senator from Kentucky will become the new leader of the movement instigated by his father.