Paul introduced Amendment 3410, which would force Hurricane Sandy recovery to be paid out one year at a time and offset by cutting spending elsewhere. Paul said that only $9 billion is needed this year for Sandy recovery and that his amendment would pay for that by cutting the foreign aid fund by $9 billion.

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“I personally think we should not be sending billions of dollars to dictators in other countries who are burning our flags,” Paul said on the floor Friday. “People around here say, ‘well we’ve never offset emergency spending.’ Well, maybe that’s why we have a $16 trillion deficit. ... I say we take that $9 billion out of the foreign aid fund.”

Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCoalition of 44 groups calls for passage of drug pricing bill A pro-science approach to Yucca Mountain appropriations Senate Dems: Trump making negotiations 'impossible' MORE (D-Vt.) said Paul’s amendment “represents a myopic misunderstanding of the world we live in.” Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeRubio on push for paid family leave: ‘We still have to work on members of my own party’ National ad campaign pushes Congress to pass legislation lowering drug prices Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (R-Utah), Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerHeller campaign slams GOP rival over six-figure nonprofit salary Juan Williams: Help Trump climb down from the wall GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races MORE (R-Nev.) and Paul voted for the amendment, which failed on a 3-91 vote.

Paul’s second amendment, 3376, would have suspended the Davis-Bacon Act and allowed competitive wage bidding for contractors hired to help in Hurricane recovery efforts. Currently, federal construction workers are paid a “prevailing wage,” which is determined locally. Paul said that rule resulted in some non-union workers from the South being turned away from recovery work in the Northeast. That amendment failed on a 42-52 vote.

Another GOP amendment failed, which was introduced by Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Meghan McCain: Melania is 'my favorite Trump, by far' Kelly says Trump not likely to extend DACA deadline MORE (R-Ariz.). Amendment 3355 would have removed $58 million in the bill for forest restoration in the form of planting trees on private property. McCain said that planting trees didn’t constitute an emergency.

“I love trees, but I’m not asking for any money for private owners in my state to plant trees. I think they can do that themselves,” McCain said on Friday. “It is an example of the kind of excess that has not had a priority around here to spend another $58 million of the taxpayers’ money.”

Several amendments have already passed and a vote on final passage is expected later Friday.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) withdrew his amendment, which he said would have changed the way disaster relief is released, because it required more debate and discussion in committee.