He is couching the bill as a method to fight terrorism when I believe that all payments to refugees should be stopped even if there is no terrorist threat associated.
But the bill does a libertarian thing in stopping some payments.
Here's Rand's sometimes wishy-washy justification for the bill.
I have no problem supporting the amendment.
Here's Rand boasting about the introduced amendment in one of his never ending money-seeking letters:
Robert Wenzel,Washington, D.C. is beside itself after my actions earlier today.This afternoon -- against the wishes of my Senate colleagues in BOTH parties -- I offered my amendment to END taxpayer-funded welfare handouts to dangerous Syrian refugees President Obama continues to welcome into this country.My colleagues couldn't figure out how to stop me. My amendment was completely within U.S. Senate rules.So they decided shut down the U.S. Senate early to avoid going on record!Robert Wenzel, if they think this latest outrage is the end of it, they couldn't be more wrong.As I told you earlier, I will use ALL available Senate rules, procedures and time available until I receive an up-or-down vote on my amendment.But I'm counting on you to stand with me today. Will you please add your name as a cosponsor of my bill to stop terrorists from entering the United States as refugees?I believe this fight illustrates everything that's wrong with Washington, D.C. today.After last week's terrorist attacks in France where at least one refugee played a central role, my colleagues still refuse to look seriously at potentially dangerous characters filtering into our country.They refuse to have a serious discussion about immigration, border security or the ongoing refugee program.Not only that, but our country is $18.6 TRILLION in debt. We borrow a million dollars a minute.Yet, my colleagues in the U.S. Senate won't even discuss, debate or vote on a bill to stop taxpayer-funded benefits to refugees?Instead, moments after the Senate shut down, my colleagues were harping to the press about how my move disrupted their grand spending plans for the Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.It's madness.Washington, D.C. needs new leadership.