The Chatter: Massie gets a new nickname in Congress; Rand Paul wants U.S. to get an Iron Dome

01/17/2013 04:10 PM

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, has been in Congress for nine weeks and already has a nickname:“Mr. No.” for his actions in the first few weeks of the 113th Congress.

Politico gave him the name in an article Thursday. The piece said he has earned it by voting “no” on almost every measure since being sworn in to Congress. (In fairness, he did vote on Tuesday in favor of an amendment to the Hurricane Sandy relief bill that would have balanced out $17 billion in aid with 1.6 percent worth of federal spending cuts. Fellow Kentucky freshman Congressman Andy Barr also voted for that.)

The article also mentioned that one of Massie’s supporters floated the idea of Massie challenging McConnell for U.S. Senate in a 2014 primary.

Preston Bates co-founder of the Super PAC that pumped $700,000 into Massie’s race, was quoted in the article saying that a Massie run was a possibility.“The door is not closed on him running against Mitch McConnell in 2014, and he’s the only candidate that could beat him” Bates said in the article.

But Massie was quoted in the article as saying “absolutely, positively not,” and that McConnell should be fine in the primary.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul impressed with Israel’s Iron Dome system
Fresh off his trip to Israel, U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he’d like to see the United States copy Israel’s Iron Dome system.

The Iron Dome is a missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of between two and 43 miles away.

Buzzfeed reported that on a conference call with national reporters, Paul said he saw presentations of the Iron Dome and was very impressed, adding there was “no reason” the United States shouldn’t construct one.

“There’s no reason why our White House, our Capitol, and major cities shouldn’t have missile defense,” Paul said, according to the article.

The United States helped Israel pay for the system, which NBC reported cost between $25 million and $30 million.


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