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January 11, 2016

Paul Admits ‘Uphill Climb’ for ‘Audit the Fed’

Rand Paul was among the presidential candidates who came to Washington to cast votes against Planned Parenthood, participating in the Voters First candidate forum via remote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul is pushing his vote on auditing the Federal Reserve ahead of a GOP debate this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

He may be at risk of falling off the main presidential debate stage, but Sen. Rand Paul is at long last getting his colleagues to vote on his proposal to audit the Federal Reserve.

The Kentucky Republican said he tried and failed to get Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., to schedule a vote on the central bank legislation back when the Democrats held the majority. When asked if he would ultimately like to wind down the Federal Reserve, Paul focused on the task at hand.

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January 4, 2016

Rubio: ISIS Would’ve Lobbied for USA Freedom Act

UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 3: Presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., arrives for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rubio, a presidential candidate, slammed the USA Freedom Act on Monday.  (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“If ISIS had lobbyists in Washington, they would have spent millions to support the anti-Intelligence law that was just passed with the help of some Republicans now running for president.”

That’s what Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said Monday in a foreign policy speech of the surveillance overhaul that he’s long opposed, drawing a contrast with his Republican presidential rivals from the Senate. But the rhetoric against the USA Freedom Act has not led to concern by supporters of his White House bid who also backed — or even advocated for — to have concerns about Rubio or his message.

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December 22, 2015

Rand Paul ‘Festivus’ Tradition Takes New Form

Paul released the "wastebook" Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul released the “wastebook” Wednesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In recent years, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has taken to Twitter for his annual “airing of grievances.” But this year he’s summed them up in a 38-page report.
(Courtesy of Paul's office)

(Courtesy of Paul’s office)

Paul is set to release a report on Wednesday documenting government spending in “a Festivus collection of government waste worth shouting about.”

The presidential candidate’s annual tradition pays homage to the fictional holiday of “Festivus,” which originated on the television show “Seinfeld.” The holiday includes feats of strength, an aluminum pole (which is displayed on the cover of Paul’s report), and an “airing of grievances” from throughout the year. Paul’s past grievances have ranged from the rising national debt to a lack of retweets from Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. But, according to the report provided to Roll Call ahead of official release, this year he’s focused solely on government spending.
“Our investigations into federal spending may not have uncovered any government contributions to something called The Human Fund (Money for People),” read the report, another nod to the sitcom, “but we did find Uncle Sam putting taxpayer dollars to work creating a foreign made-for-TV cricket league, paying for federal yoga classes, developing a climate change video game, and studying whether being in space changes the effectiveness of golf clubs.”

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November 19, 2015

Paul Holding Up Spending Bill Over Refugee Welfare

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(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he won’t allow a transportation and housing spending bill through quickly without a vote about Syrian refugees, likely halting final passage until after Thanksgiving.

In a statement, Paul called it “an outrage” that Senate leadership filed cloture on the bill without his amendment regarding welfare for new refugees, and he promised he “will not back down.” Full story

November 16, 2015

Paul Seeks U.S. Visa Moratorium After Paris Attacks

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(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. Rand Paul wants a moratorium imposed on the issuance of visas to enter the United States from dozens of countries.

The Republican presidential candidate from Kentucky said his legislative plan would apply to about 30 countries he said contain “significant Jihadist movements.” He also said there would be a 30-day waiting period for countries under the visa waiver program.

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November 2, 2015

Rand Paul Goes Viral, Thanks to Mike Lee

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rand Paul’s late-night budget deal filibuster bid picked up an unexpected boost from fellow Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

Lee posted to his Facebook page a clip of the Kentucky presidential hopeful expressing on the Senate floor his opposition to the budget deal, which also suspended the debt limit beyond the 2016 elections.

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October 28, 2015

Paul Pledges Budget Deal Filibuster Ahead of Debate

Rand Paul arrives at the U.S. Capitol to block any Patriot Act extension Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul said he would filibuster the deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The two-year budget deal heading to the House floor will make prime Republican presidential debate fodder Wednesday evening in Colorado.

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he intended to filibuster the bipartisan budget agreement that would also provide for a suspension of the debt limit.

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October 19, 2015

Rand Paul, Mick Mulvaney Fight ‘Clean’ Debt Limit Hike

Paul reacts to a question about Cruz as he arrives for a rare Sunday session in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul is bringing back “Cut, Cap and Balance.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Conservative lawmakers are trying to fire up the base ahead of the next debt limit debate, even as one of them says the establishment could have the votes for a “clean” increase.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina cautioned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., from advancing a bill with a debt limit disapproval process.

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Rand Paul Muses About President Rubio Bringing Nuclear War

Rand Paul was among the presidential candidates who came to Washington to cast votes against Planned Parenthood, participating in the Voters First candidate forum via remote. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Paul said the U.S. was”lucky” Rubio was not in the White House during the Cold War. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Does Sen. Rand Paul think having Marco Rubio in the Oval Office in an earlier era could have brought about a nuclear war with the Soviet Union?

In a new interview, it sure sounds that way.

“We are really lucky he was never president during the Cold War,” the Kentucky Republican, who, like Rubio, is seeking the GOP nomination for president said in an interview with CNBC posted Monday.

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October 13, 2015

Rubio Leads the Field in This Category: Missing Votes

Like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and others before him, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is missing more and more votes as he runs for president. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Like McCain, left, and others, Rubio is missing more and more votes as he runs for president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

For a presidential cycle known for upending conventional political wisdom, one thing certainly hasn’t changed: It’s hard to vote in the Senate if you’re campaigning across the country.

Like a young(er) John McCain from 2007, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who missed every vote last week, leads the Senate in truancy for the year to date, voting just 68.7 percent of the time, according to CQ Vote Watch.

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October 6, 2015

Rand Paul Leads Call for Audit of Fetal Tissue Research

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 7: Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks with the media at the Pints for Liberty event at Rat River Brewery in Columbia, S.C., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul joined 34 senators in signing the letter. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A trio of the Senate’s Republican presidential candidates put their names on a letter also signed by a majority of the conference asking for a new inquiry into fetal tissue research.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., spearheaded the letter to Health and Human Services Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson with 34 other Senate Republicans, including Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, both fellow presidential hopefuls. The request, sent Tuesday, stems from a series of videos pertaining to Planned Parenthood.

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September 29, 2015

Rand Paul: Ted Cruz ‘Pretty Much Done For’ in Senate

Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday said fellow Republican presidential candidate Ted. Cruz is “done for” in the Senate.

“Ted has chosen to make this really personal and chosen to call people dishonest in leadership and call them names, which really goes against the decorum and also against the rules of the Senate, and as a consequence, he can’t get anything done legislatively,” Paul told Fox News Radio. “He is pretty much done for and stifled and it’s really because of personal relationships, or lack of personal relationships, and it is a problem.”

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August 31, 2015

Canada Border Wall Idea Smacked by Rand Paul, Patrick Leahy

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 18: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., right, talks with Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., before Paul testified at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled "Reevaluating the Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences." (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After Walker said a wall on the border with Canada is a “legitimate” idea to look into, Leahy and Paul torched him. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may think that a wall along the U.S.-Canada border is a “legitimate” idea to look into, but two U.S. senators think it’s “dumb” and “terrible.”

Sens. Rand Paul and Patrick J. Leahy don’t always agree, but they are aligned on opposing a security wall along the northern border, with Paul, a Kentucky Republican, categorizing the comments as just the newest installment of oneupsmanship among GOP presidential hopefuls’ rhetoric on immigration.

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August 4, 2015

McConnell Says No Shutdowns as September Agenda Takes Shape (Video)

McConnell says there won't be any shutdowns. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell says there won’t be any shutdowns. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Democrats are warning a new shutdown showdown looms in September, even as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated there wouldn’t be any government shutdowns on his watch.

“Let me say it again: no more government shutdowns,” the Kentucky Republican said, when asked how he intended to adhere to his pledge made numerous times. “We have divided government. … At some point we’ll negotiate the way forward.”

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July 28, 2015

Rand Paul: GOP Will Discuss Best Way to Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After a rally with supporters of his effort to defund Planned Parenthood, Sen. Rand Paul said it’s not yet certain whether his bill will get a vote.

“I don’t think it’s decided which bill it’s going to be. The only thing that’s been decided is that there will be a bill to defund, and I’ll be part of the discussion,” the Republican from Kentucky said in a brief interview. “I respect Sen. Lankford and others who want to do it, so we’ll just have to work on exactly what the final bill is.”

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