GOP Sen. Rand Paul blocks bill to boost 9/11 victims fund, 'You're a shame!' tweets Corey Johnson

David Caplan
July 17, 2019 - 3:28 pm

In this July 17, 2018, photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a television interview as he defends President Donald Trump and his Helsinki news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Capitol Hill in Washington. Paul certainly has his differences with Trump. They were once Republican rivals for the White House. But on a cornerstone issue, a resistance to U.S. intervention abroad, they’ve found common ground.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) — A Republican senator has blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul questions 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 is criticizing Paul for playing what she calls "political games."

New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson tweeted, "How do you sleep at night Senator? Our heroes, who stepped up bravely and selflessly after our country was attacked, are suffering and dying. You’re a shame!"

The bill has 73 co-sponsors in the Senate and easily passed the House last week.

Gillibrand says 9/11 first responders and "the entire nation are watching to see if this body actually cares about the men and women who answered the call of duty" after the 2001 attacks.