- Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul is lashing out at critics who call him a hypocrite for requesting federal funds after his loud and lengthy history of opposing disaster relief bills.
- Senator Paul wrote President Biden a letter requesting that he move “expeditiously to approve the appropriate resources for our state” in the aftermath of Kentucky’s tornadoes.
- “But do not for one second forget that @RandPaul has voted against helping most Americans most times they’re in need,” Rep. Eric Swalwell tweeted about Paul’s hypocrisy.
Sarah Al-Arshani from Insider writes:
“Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul lashed out at critics who called him a hypocrite for requesting federal funds when his state was devasted by tornadoes, but he has a lengthy history of opposing disaster relief bills, The Washington Post reported.
On Saturday, the morning after a storm created historic tornadoes, Paul wrote President Joe Biden a letter asking him to move “expeditiously to approve the appropriate resources for our state.”
Critics were quick to call out that the letter was in contrast to Paul’s rigid opposition to federal disaster relief efforts in the past.
“We should do all we can to help our Kentucky neighbors. God be with them — they are hurting. But do not for one second forget that @RandPaul has voted against helping most Americans most times they’re in need,” Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell wrote in a tweet.
Following Superstorm Sandy in 2013, Paul opposed a disaster relief measure for the Northeast and told WFPL that while the area needed help, he’d like to offset the cost with cuts elsewhere in the federal budget…”
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