Rand Paul Storms Out Of Hearing After Dems Play Games With Firefighters
In a stunning display of Republican resistance, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky refused to participate in a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Wednesday. The hearing was to discuss the Fire Grants and Safety Act, but Senator Gary Peters of Michigan refused to allow the GOP to introduce any amendments to the bill.
Senator Paul was particularly incensed by Peters’ refusal to allow an amendment that would make fire departments ineligible for federal grants if they fired anyone based on their COVID–19 vaccination status.
He also introduced a bill to prevent funding the NIH for “gain of function” research on the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, and other labs. Peters did not allow either of the amendments, instead introducing bureaucratic language that would “require the U.S. Comptroller on the departments conduct audits and reports denied federal funds.”
On the NIH funding, Peters wanted to shift the language to say the funds from the Fire Grants and Safety Act were barred “from being provided to a Chinese fire department.”
Paul’s frustration was boiling over, and he called out the Democrats for making up the rules and playing games with the American people. He said, “If this is the way you’re going to run the committee, I would suggest that Republicans leave. I don’t see why we should stick around if you’re going to make up the rules. I mean, you’re going to offer up a third–degree amendment.”
The Democrat’s strategy to alter the language of bills as often as they please to avoid putting themselves on the record was apparent so they wouldn’t get caught voting against firefighters.
Paul’s walkout is a testament to the GOP’s frustration to accept the Democrat’s authoritarianism. It was a display of his commitment to the preservation of individual rights and stands as a reminder that the Republican party continues to fight for the American people.
Total disrespect from Gary Peters, which I expect, he's a democrat, but worse, from all the republicans who did not walk out with Senator Rand Paul.
— Mary Smith (@msnmmn) March 15, 2023