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2019-07-18 02:36:56 UTC
(R-Ky.) after he and another GOP senator objected to legislation to
extend the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, saying that Paul's "virtue
signaling" was "outrageous."
"It's absolutely outrageous. Pardon me if Im not impressed in any way
by Rand Pauls fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," Stewart said
on Fox News while appearing alongside 9/11 first responder John Feal.
The comments from Stewart came just hours after Paul objected to Sen.
Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-N.Y.) attempt to get the upper chamber to pass
a House-passed bill that would reauthorize the funding until fiscal
year 2090 by unanimous consent.
Paul, citing the United States' growing debt, objected, arguing that
any new spending needed to be offset by cuts.
Stewart, who has been a longtime advocate for extending the fund,
rejected Paul's contention, saying the Kentucky senator supported
President Trump's tax cuts that added hundreds of billions of dollars
to our deficit."
"Now he stands up at the last minute, after 15 years of blood sweat
and tears from the 9/11 community to say that it's all over now. Now
we're going to balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first
responder community," Stewart said.
He went on to argue that this legislation was about "what kind of
society we have."
At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always
stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for
themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand
Paul did today in the Senate was outrageous," Stewart continued. He
is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt."
"And now hes going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10
years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some
things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but
somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community the
cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the
survivors all of a sudden weve got to go through this.
He later criticized lawmakers for making first responders "beg for
something that this country should have done 14 years ago," calling it
While objecting to the fund's extension, Paul said from the Senate
floor that new spending "should be offset by cutting spending that's
He added that he would offer an amendment to the House bill if it is
brought up for a vote in the Senate.
A spokesperson for Paul told The Hill that Paul "is not blocking
He is "simply seeking to pay for it," the spokesperson said. Sen Mike
Lee (R-Utah) also objected to passing the legislation without a vote,
his communications director, Conn Carroll, said to CNN.
Current compensation for 9/11 first responders will likely run out
this year without new legislation. The new measure would expand
compensation for first responders through 2090.