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Sen. Paul Appears on America's Newsroom- March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015 in Politics & Elections

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Sen. Rand Paul Addresses Criminal Justice Reforms at Bowie State – March 13, 2015

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Sen. Rand Paul Introduces ‘Read the Bills’ Resolution

March 12, 2015 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today introduced S.Res. 100, a resolution to change Senate rules to provide sufficient time for legislation to be read before being considered by the U.S. Senate. The waiting period point of order-except during a time of urgent national security-would require all bills, amendments, and conference reports to be filed for one day for every 20 pages before it can be considered. Bill text can be found below.

‘I will continue to stand by my pledge to increase transparency and accessibility in the U.S. Senate,’ Sen. Paul said. ‘Too often in Congress, legislation is shoved through without hearings, amendments or debate. This bill would ensure that Congressional members are provided ample time to read all legislation before requiring a vote. If we are to answer to the American people, it is imperative we pay close attention to the legislation we pass.’

RESOLUTION TEXT:

To provide sufficient time for legislation to be read.

Resolved, That

(a) it shall not be in order for the Senate to consider any bill, resolution, message, conference report, amendment between the Houses, amendment, treaty, or any other measure or matter until 1 session day has passed since introduction for every 20 pages included in the measure or matter in the usual form plus 1 session day for any number of remaining pages less than 20 in the usual form.

(b)(1) Any Senator may raise a point of order that consideration of any bill, resolution, message, conference report, amendment, treaty, or any other measure or matter is not in order under subsection (a). No motion to table the point of order shall be in order.

(2) Paragraph (1) may be waived or suspended only by an affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn. All motions to waive under this paragraph shall be debatable collectively for not to exceed 3 hours equally divided between the Senator raising the point for order and the Senator moving to waive the point of order or their designees. A motion to waive the point of order shall not be amendable.

(3) This resolution is enacted pursuant to the power granted to each House of Congress to determine the Rules of its Proceedings in clause 2 of section 5 of article I of the Constitution of the United States.

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Sen. Paul Questions Secretary Kerry on Authorization for War with ISIS

March 11, 2015 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Rand Paul today attended the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to question Secretary of State John Kerry regarding the Obama Administration’s proposed authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against the Islamic State, known as ISIS. During the hearing, Sen. Paul emphasized the need for the Executive Branch to abide by the U.S. Constitution and seek approval from the Legislative Branch on matters of war, and reiterated that Congress must carefully consider the long-term ramifications of passing an overly broad AUMF. A video and transcript of the exchange can be found below. CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEN. PAUL’S REMARKS TRANSCRIPT:SENATOR RAND PAUL: Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you to the panel for coming today.Madison wrote that, ‘History demonstrates what the Constitution supposes, that the executive branch is most prone to war, and therefore, the Constitution, with studied care, vested that power in the legislature.’Madison also went on to further write that, ‘The separation of powers would be protected by pitting the ambitions of one branch against the ambitions of another.’There will be points of dispute. These points of dispute are important, and no one side will monolithically be able to declare victory.’But I can tell you, I’m not particularly happy with being lectured to by the administration about the Constitution. This is an administration who I believe has trampled the Constitution at many turns.This is an administration that seeks to legislate when that is not in their purview, whether it be immigration, whether it be health care or whether it now be a war that’s been going for eight months without congressional authorization.This administration is in direct defiance of what Senator Obama ran on and he was elected upon. He said, ‘No country should go to war without the authority of Congress unless under imminent attack.’This is a great debate. I signed the letter to Iran. But you know what? The message I was sending was to you.The message was to President Obama that we want you to obey the law. We — we want you to understand the separation of powers.If this agreement in any way modifies legislative sanctions, it will have to be passed by Congress. That’s why that I’ve supported Senator Corker’s legislation that says exactly this.However, I’ve told Senator Corker privately, I think that’s the law anyway, that this will have to be passed. You cannot undo legislation.So why do I …read more

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Sen. Paul Appears on NBC's Today Show- March 11, 2015

March 11, 2015 in Politics & Elections

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Sen. Paul Appears on The Kelly File- March 10, 2015

March 11, 2015 in Politics & Elections

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Sens. Paul, Booker, & Gillibrand Announce CARERS Act

March 10, 2015 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) today stood with patients, their families and advocates to announce new bipartisan legislation that will allow the use of medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution. The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act would reschedule marijuana from a Schedule I to Schedule II drug to recognize it has accepted medical use, and would amend federal law to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies. The bill would also permit VA doctors to prescribe veterans medical marijuana to treat serious injuries and chronic conditions. The legislation would not legalize medical marijuana in all 50 states, rather it would respect the states that set their own medical marijuana programs and prevents federal law enforcement from prosecuting patients, doctors and caregivers in those states. Currently, 23 states plus the District of Columbia have already legalized medical marijuana. ‘For far too long, the government has enforced unnecessary laws that have restricted the ability of the medical community to determine the medicinal value of marijuana and have prohibited Americans from receiving essential care that would alleviate their chronic pain and suffering. I am proud today to stand with Sens. Gillibrand and Booker to introduce a bill that will fundamentally change our nation’s drug policies and have a positive impact on the lives of our Veterans and children,’ said Senator Paul. ‘We need policies that empower states to legalize medical marijuana if they so choose-recognizing that there are Americans who can realize real medical benefits if this treatment option is brought out of the shadows,’ said Senator Booker. ‘Doctors and patients deserve federal laws that are fair and compassionate, and states should be able to set their own medical marijuana policies without federal interference. I am thankful to Senators Gillibrand and Paul as well as the Drug Policy Alliance for their hard work on this common-sense bill to make medical marijuana accessible to the millions of Americans who could benefit from it.’ ‘Current federal law turns its back on families in need of this medicine, which doctors want to prescribe to ease pain and suffering,’ said Senator Gillibrand. ‘Senators Booker, Paul and I agree that it’s time to modernize our laws and recognize the health benefits of medical marijuana. The CARERS Act will no longer put politicians between doctors …read more

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Sen. Rand Paul Appears on Fox's On the Record with Greta Van Susteren – March 6, 2015

March 10, 2015 in Politics & Elections

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Sen. Rand Paul Appears on Fox and Friends with Eric Bolling – March 10, 2015

March 10, 2015 in Politics & Elections

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Sens. Paul and Booker Re-introduce the REDEEM Act

March 10, 2015 in Politics & Elections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Building on the growing momentum and bipartisan coalitions rallying behind broad-based criminal justice reform, U.S. Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), today re-introduced S. 675, the REDEEM Act, sweeping legislation to reform the nation’s broken criminal justice system, which has grown increasingly costly over the past four decades. The REDEEM Act (Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment) will give Americans convicted of non-violent crimes a second chance at the American Dream. The legislation will help prevent kids who get into trouble from slipping into a lifetime of crime and help adults who commit non-violent crimes become more self-reliant and less likely to commit future crimes. These steps would reduce the cost to taxpayers of our criminal justice system and increase public safety. ‘The War on Drugs has had a disproportional affect on minorities and our inner cities. Our current system is broken and has trapped tens of thousands of young men and women in a cycle of poverty and incarceration,’ Sen. Paul said. ‘It is my hope that the REDEEM Act will help many of these young people escape this trap by reforming our criminal justice system, expunging records after time served, and preventing non-violent crimes from becoming a permanent blot on one’s record.’ ‘Our broken criminal justice system is a shameful contradiction to our founding principles as a nation that declares liberty and justice for all,’ Sen. Booker said. ‘For over a year now, I have worked with people on both sides of the aisle to develop meaningful policy reform that truly restores justice to our justice system. The REDEEM Act is a part of the growing momentum from both the left and the right to enact common sense reforms that would save taxpayer money and make our communities safer.’ Specifically, the REDEEM Act:

Incentivizes states to increase the age of criminal responsibility to 18 years old: Currently 10 states have set the original jurisdiction of adult criminal courts below 18 years old. This sends countless kids into the unforgiving adult criminal system. The REDEEM Act incentivizes states to change that by offering preference to Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant applications for those that have set 18 or older as the age of original jurisdiction for adult criminal courts.

Allows for sealing and expungement of juvenile records: Provides for automatic expungement of records for kids who commit non-violent crimes before they …read more

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