McConnell and Paul vote against debt ceiling bill; Senate rejects Paul's F-16 amendment

01/31/2013 05:18 PM

The U.S. Senate passed the bill sent by the U.S. House that pushes back the debt ceiling debate until May, but senators rejected an amendment from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul that would block the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.

Both Kentucky U.S. senators — Paul and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell — vote against the final version of the bill Thursday afternoon that 64-34-2. .

H.R. 235 started in U.S. House of Representatives as a way to extend the debt ceiling without actually raising it from its current level of $16.4 trillion. The aim is to buy Congress time to negotiate ways to begin to cut into the national debt.

As part of Thursday’s debate, the Senate rejected a series of amendments including Paul’s proposal to prohibit the U.S. government from selling F-16 military aircraft, M1 tanks, and similar military weapons to the Egyptian government. The amendment failed 79-19.

Paul said he believes it is necessary because of the relationship between Egypt and Israel.

Jacqueline Pitts

Jacqueline Pitts joined the cn|2 political team in June 2012. A graduate of WKU, Jacqueline grew up in Nashville, TN and is looking forward to having a front row seat to Kentucky politics. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter @Jacqueline_cn2. She can be reached at 502-792-1114 or


  • Wesley O wrote on February 01, 2013 10:48 AM :

    What a “sell out”! Arm the Muslim Brotherhood and we will be back in there some day trying to ‘wipe’ up the mess we have made; or worse, trying to clean the mess up in our own country!!!
    Sometimes I just think that most of our elected officials are traitors to the American people and democracy!!! Could it be that they are being ‘politically financed’ by the military industry?? Wish they would have to move to Egypt and live under “Sharia Law” for a few years!!!Peace loving??? My a@@, they would stab us in the back every chance they could. I just hope that when the time comes, that the congress men/women who voted against the amendment will have their own children and grandchildren on the ‘front lines’!!

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