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Rand Paul: Use foreign aid to fund Harvey, Irma relief, FEMA

• by Paul Bedard

Republican Paul, who has in the past targeted billions of tax dollars shipped to anti-American nations like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, is eyeing an amendment to the proposed package to raise the debt ceiling and fund Hurricane Harvey relief.

"As the Senate prepares to vote on hurricane aid, I will be introducing an 'America First' amendment to cut wasteful spending from abroad to pay for much-needed relief here at home," said Paul. "Moving forward, any new spending should be paid for," he added.

The funds would come from foreign aid not already spent, about $20 billion.

Paul's proposal would fund the estimated $10 billion relief of Hurricane Harvey, potentially Hurricane Irma and FEMA. It is conceivable that it could be expanded to include money to deal with incoming "monster" Irma, scheduled to hit the Florida Keys this weekend.

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