Over the past few months, Senator Rand Paul has been trying to get Harry Reid to accede to a fair and simple request. All he wants is an up-or-down vote on cutting off aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya. In the case of Libya and Egypt, we are talking about governments that serve no American interest and whom are either aligned with Iran or Al-Qaeda. In the case of Pakistan, they are holding Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped U.S. forces track down and kill Osama bin Laden.
Supporters of continuing aid to these unsavory nations argue that we need to pay tribute to them in order to ensure that they remain friendly to the U.S. Well, this strategy worked when we had leaders like Mubarak in Egypt, Musharraf in Pakistan, and yes, even Gaddafi in Libya. They all had a vested interest in fighting the Islamic crazies. Now, thanks to the very supporters of foreign aid to these nations, we have the Islamist “Arab Spring” governments. They already hate us. Why give them $2-3 billion in aid? Should we also give Iran some aid so we can provide stability?
Finally, Reid agreed to hold a vote yesterday on the assumption that it would be defeated anyway. Guess who blocked it? John McCain!
Reid finally agreed to allow the vote in order to have an expedited vote on the spending resolution, H.J.Res. 117, that continues to fund the government through March. The House passed the resolution last week.
But Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) objected to Reid’s motion to vote on Paul’s bill, saying more time for debate is needed and amendments should be offered.
“I would hope that the Majority Leader would have some understanding that we’re talking about cutting off aid to major allies in the Middle East and he wants to have 60 minutes debate equally divided?” McCain questioned. “I’ve watched this Senate deteriorate at a rate that is spectacular.”
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