Sen. Paul’s Opposition Echoes Conservative Opinion
Posted: May 14, 2022 12:01 AM
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On May 12th, the United States Senate sought to unanimously pass a $40-billion-dollar aid package that would have funded Ukraine because of their ongoing war with the country of war. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives had already resoundingly passed the bill, with only 57 Republicans voting against it. The vote was met with extreme criticism by most conservatives, as the senate prepared the legislation before many legislative offices were even able to understand exactly where the funding was coming from. It seemed that Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer thought this would be an issue both parties could unanimously consent to without opposition. Luckily, there was the lone Republican from Kentucky who did just that.Fiscal Hawk and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stood in opposition to the unanimous vote, which would force a vote on the aid bill next week where all senators would be on the record for if they would vote aye or nay. Paul’s main reasoning was the concern of both the current state of the U.S. economy and the lack of oversight to review the distribution of funds. The Senator said, “I’m not allowing a speedy passage of the bill without having something fiscally responsible in the bill.. with a $30 trillion debt, America can’t afford to be the world’s policeman.” The Huffington Post reported that McConnell could not even look at Paul as he stormed out of the Senate chamber, but it is to be expected after a lack of explanation or discussion concerning the bill in the first place.Paul represents somewhat of a new policy issue on the conservative right in anti-interventionism, which he has always stood for. Taking similar steps as his father took years ago when he served in Congress, Rand exemplified what it means to be a liberty-centered conservative in some of the most trying economic times in history. With inflation at the highest rate in decades, warhawks clamoring to go to war with Russia, and virtue sign …