Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Sen. Paul questioned the bill’s 70-year time frame and notes that the federal government already faces a $22 trillion debt. He says any new spending such as the 9/11 bill should be offset by cuts.

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York criticized Paul for playing what she calls “political games.” The bill has 73 co-sponsors in the Senate and easily passed the House last week.

Rand Paul forces debate on 9/11 compensation fund bill


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