Libertarian Senator’s Unpopular Virus Plan Gets Shot Down

Via The Washington Examiner:

The Senate voted Wednesday to reject a measure that would have offset some of the cost of a $104 billion coronavirus funding bill.

Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, proposed the amendment in a move that has delayed final passage of the funding bill. 

The Senate will clear the bill later Wednesday for President Trump’s signature. The measure will provide free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave, and paid family leave for some workers.

Paul’s amendment, which garnered only three votes, aimed to end fraudulent child tax credit claims by requiring a Social Security number. Paul’s amendment would have provided Trump the authority to transfer existing federal funding to pay for coronavirus funding, and it would have ended U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan by the end of the year.