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Rand Paul Stops Blocking Lifesaving Refugee Welfare

Rand Paul Stops Blocking Lifesaving Refugee Welfare

Tea Party Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has withdrawn his block on assistance to 5,600 disabled and elderly refugees that is literally life-saving.

On September 30, 2,195 refugees lost their benefits and another 400 to 500 would see their aid run out at the end of this month.

As refugees, they are all survivors of persecution, torture or warfare and rely on government aid for basic food and housing needs.

Congressional supporters had identified offsetting spending cuts to pay for it but Paul described it as “a luxury program.”

Paul claims that the money could be used to aid terrorists citing one incident where two refugees receiving welfare, which was unrelated to the program being blocked, were arrested.

Paul allowed the bipartisan funding bill to go forward after Democratic leaders promised to hold a congressional hearing into how individuals are selected for refugee status and request an investigation into why the two terrorism suspects were admitted to the US through a refugee program.

According to the group Friends of Refugees:

We already know why the terrorism suspects got through the security barriers. Prior to the December 2009 underwear bombing incident the Department of Homeland Security was not checking refugee applications against a broader set of security data, including fingerprints. So, what then does Sen. Paul intend to do with this oversight hearing?

According to Paul the hearings are needed to “ensure we are not supporting terrorists in our own backyards with tax dollars.

The refugee funding could still face delays with a House Ways and Means Committee spokesman telling Politico that the funding bill must originate in the House since it contains a revenue provision.


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10:36AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Rand Paul should just stop breathing.....complete waste of good air

4:41AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

@Brian F
Congressman Ron Paul has returned $141,580 of unspent office funds to the US Treasury. This represents just over 9% of the total office funds, and an increase over the $100,000 returned last year.

Ron Paul plans to drop his salary as President to the same salary as the average American, which according to the latest statistics is $39,336. That would result in a savings to taxpayers of $360,664 per year as the base salary for President is $400,000.

Do your homework!

12:21AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Do to others what you would have them do to you -- the golden rule to aim for, to live by as much as possible.

11:18PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Are the intelligent people too smart to run for office?

9:38PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Oh wow, Rand Paul is turning into a socialist!

9:06PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

From which countries are the refugees?

7:49PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

So now they will be abused by the USA. What a bunch sick Bast___ds the Tea Pees are!!!

7:36PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Well, you know, Atlas Shrugged and Rand Paul fell out....

6:17PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Obviously this man doesn't know that there are terrorist cells all over America, and they're not outsiders, they are right here and some were born here in America....he needs to stop with the BS, he is a bully of the first kind. Talk about STUPID...and ignorant... But...every dog has his thankful, Peeps, that you can see these people for what they truly are...Satan's workers...

5:56PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Sharon C. & Lloyd...You're both incorrect because Rand Paul has no brain.

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