U.S. Senator Rand Paul announced today that he plans to propose triple funding to a veterans bill with an amendment.
Senator Paul says the legislation would cut $4 billion in aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt in light of the recent attacks towards American consulates and embassies in those countries, including the tragic death of the American ambassador to Libya and the continued imprisonment and torture of a man who helped in the capture of Osama bin Laden.
Following remarks on the Senate floor last night with Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, where he expressed a desire to pass the $1 billion jobs bill for veterans, Senator Paul decided to alter his amendment to offer additional funding to go towards the veterans job bill.
Total U.S. foreign aid to Pakistan, Libya and Egypt is estimated at $ 4 billion per year and Senator Paul newly introduced amendment would cut funding to those countries with $2 billion to go towards the veterans jobs bill, which law makers say will triple the size of the program, while the remaining $2 billion to used towards deficit reduction.