Senator Rand Paul – Dr. Rand Paul Refuses to Support Rushed Legislation
Please allow me to update you on the past two week’s happenings in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Rand Paul Refuses to Support Rushed Legislation
On Thursday of last week, I stood on the Senate floor and objected to the unanimous consent request passage of the TSCA Modernization Act, because I firmly believe lawmakers should read legislation before voting on it. This legislation was being unnecessarily rushed without an opportunity for review.
I promised the people of Kentucky that I would read every bill before voting for or against it. I couldn’t in good conscience support this significant piece of legislation without being given an opportunity to examine it closely.
Click or below to watch my floor speech.
Dr. Rand Paul’s Bonuses for Cost Cutters Act Passes the Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee
On Wednesday of last week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed my legislation, known as the Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act, with bipartisan support. The bill encourages federal agencies to return unneeded funds to the taxpayer through bonus incentives, and was passed the committee with an affirmative 12-5 vote.
Current law allows an agency’s inspector general to pay bonuses up to $10,000 of savings realized when a federal employee identifies waste, fraud or mismanagement of funds. My legislation would further incentivize ending wasteful government spending by allowing employees to qualify for these bonuses if they identify unneeded or surplus funds. Additionally, this legislation would ensure that 90% of the savings be automatically directed towards deficit reduction.
I am pleased that my legislation has received bipartisan support and is on its way to full passage in the U.S. Senate. My bill will incentivize government employees to find, report and eliminate government waste, fraud and abuse throughout our bloated federal government.
The full language of this legislation is available HERE.
Dr. Rand Paul Uncovers $1.4 Million Wasteful EPA Early Retirement Buyout for Employees
This week, I released the latest edition of ‘The Waste Report,’ which is an ongoing project cataloguing egregious examples of waste within the U.S. government.
In the latest edition of ‘The Waste Report,’ I uncovered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spending nearly $12 million on early retirements buyouts for roughly 500 employees to allegedly modernize their workforce. However, of the 500 vacated positions, 12% were not eliminated and were refilled without being changed – costing the taxpayers $1.4 million.
‘The Waste Report’ can be found HERE or below.
Dr. Rand Paul Introduces Amendment to Allow Continuation of Natural Gas Production at Fort Knox
Earlier last week, I introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would specifically allow the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to continue producing natural gas at Fort Knox in Kentucky – ultimately, enabling Fort Knox to become the only military installation capable of self-sustainment in the country.
For the past 20 years, Fort Knox has been the first military installation to provide their own power, heat, gas, water, and wastewater elimination all from on-post resources. In May 2015, Fort Knox successfully demonstrated the ability to fully operate the base without outside assistance. This self-sufficiency has resulted in nearly $8 million in annual savings. However, if authority is not given, the investments Fort Knox has made to become and remain self-sustaining will cease and energy costs for the DOD will increase.
Fort Knox is leading the way in cost-effectiveness and ingenuity when it comes to natural gas development and sustainability. While the Department of Interior is usually responsible for the development of federal lands, this amendment would codify an exception for already successfully developed facilities, which will benefit Fort Knox and the surrounding communities.
Click HERE to read my entire statement.
Dr. Rand Paul Introduces an Amendment to Require Census Bureau to Count All Service Members
I introduced legislation last week that would mandate the Census Bureau to count all deployed service members at the base or port on which they resided prior to deployment. In tabulating the 2010 Census, the Census Bureau counted service members deployed for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, at their home of record – an address given at the time of enlistment.
Unfortunately, such a method is not sufficient and disenfranchises many of our service members. In reports following the 2010 Census, the Bureau stated, “only 59 percent of the 2010 Department of Defense records contained a home of record.” The use of home of record provides an inaccurate accounting of populations residing in communities surrounding U.S. military bases.
I believe that every deployed service member has a right to be counted by their government when a census is conducted. The passage of this amendment will ensure that those who have given so much for our country will be recognized in the communities they live in.
Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.
Dr. Paul and Sens. Hatch and Markey Call on the Obama Administration to Follow Senate Lead in Increasing Access to Opioid Addiction Treatment
On Wednesday, I signed on to Sens. Hatch (R-UT) and Markey’s (D-MA) letter to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to call on HHS to follow the Senate’s lead in increasing access to opioid addiction treatment.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously passed my legislation, known as the Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment (TREAT Act). The bipartisan TREAT Act would expand specialized treatment for prescription painkiller and heroin addiction. Click HERE to read more about the TREAT Act.
Heroin addiction is on the rise in Kentucky and throughout the country, and government’s solution of locking up people with addiction is not solving the problem. Getting people the help they need to break the cycle of addition and on a path to recovery is extremely important.
Click HERE to read my statement in its entirety.
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
I had the pleasure of once again meeting with the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., last week during their annual fly-in. During our meeting, we discussed various projects the Northern Kentucky Chamber is currently working on to continue rapid growth and economic advancement within the region.
(Dr. Rand Paul and Northern Kentucky Chamber – May 25, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the Kentucky Bankers Association
Last Wednesday, I also met with the Kentucky Bankers Association. While speaking with the group of over 30 Kentuckians, we discussed regulatory relief for community banks and housing finance reform.
(Dr. Rand Paul and the Kentucky Banker Association – May 25, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with the Kentucky Medical Equipment Suppliers Association
On Tuesday afternoon last week, I had the opportunity to sit down with Thad Connelly, President of the First Choice Home Medical Equipment, from my hometown of Bowling Green. While speaking with Thad, who visited on behalf of the Kentucky Medical Equipment Suppliers Association, we discussed important issues effecting the medical equipment community.
(Dr. Rand Paul and Thad Connelly – May 24, 2016)
Dr. Rand Paul Meets with Kentuckians from the American Society for Radiation Oncology
Also last week, I met with Kentuckians Neal Dunlap, Moataz El-Ghamry, and Anshu Jain from the American Society for Radiation Oncology. As a physician by trade for over 20 years, I enjoyed meeting with the group and discussing issues ranging from Medicare to cancer research collaborations.
(Dr. Rand Paul and American Society for Radiation Oncology – May 24, 2016)
This week, I spoke with several radio stations in Kentucky including Brian Thomas of WKRC, Allan Watts of WKDZ and WHVO, and Jack Pattie of WVLK.
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