Politics & Government

Rand Paul wants to strip U.S. aid for Libya, Egypt and Pakistan and use money for veterans

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul addressed delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul addressed delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ASSOCIATED PRESS

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, announced Thursday a new version of his amendment to strip foreign aid from Pakistan, Egypt and Libya in the wake of the killings of the American ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats and the torturing in Pakistan of the doctor who helped America find and kill Osama bin Laden.

Paul's new amendment would strike the $4 billion-a-year American aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt and send an additional $2 billion to the $1 billion jobs bill for veterans and apply the remaining $2 billion to reduce the federal deficit.

Paul said he urges Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, "to do the right thing for taxpayers and veterans: to send a message to countries that our aid can't be taken for granted, and to stand up for our troops abroad now, and those who have returned home after serving."

UPDATE: Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, criticized Paul's amendment.

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