Rand Paul wants the federal government to do more

Rand Paul says he’s for small government. He’s not:

One Paul amendment would require the District to allow residents to obtain concealed weapon permits for handguns, and would require the city to honor permits issued to residents of other states. Another amendment would make the District “establish an office for the purpose of facilitating the purchase and registration of firearms by DC residents,” in response to reports that there is only one licensed gun dealer in the city.

Paul has also submitted an amendment to codify the city-funded abortion ban. The prohibition — a continuing source of frustration for local leaders that is strongly supported by anti-abortion groups — has been extended via appropriations bills every year that Republicans have controlled one or both chambers of Congress since the mid-1990s.

Paul proposed another amendment saying “membership in a labor organization may not be applied as a precondition for employment” in the District, and protecting employees “from discrimination on the basis of their membership status” in a union.

This is in the context of a bill giving Washington, DC more autonomy from the Congress. These amendments will kill this bill, Paul obviously doesn’t think much of the citizens of DC anyway:

“I think it’s a good way to call attention to some issues that have national implications,” Paul said in an interview Tuesday. “We don’t have [control] over the states but we do for D.C.”

Asked his view on the District’s lack of voting representation in Congress, Paul said: “I don’t know what the answer to that is. It’s an anomaly, but it’s an anomaly that we’ve lived with for a long time and I don’t see it changing.”

He also is trying to kill a bill for flood insurance:

Among the many things Congress has on its to-do list this week is a flood-insurance bill, which is being pushed fairly aggressively by the leadership in both parties.  It reauthorizes the National Flood Insurance for five years, before it expires next month, and it’s been widely expected that the bill would pass fairly easily.

It has, however, run into a little trouble. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is demanding an amendment to the flood-insurance bill: the Life at Conception Act, which would define life as beginning at conception. Paul’s language states that “Congress hereby declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being.”

Notice he has the federal government deciding when human life starts and he’s willing to kill an important bill to get his way.

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