Meghan McCain slams Rand Paul over blocking 9/11 compensation funding: 'This is a disgrace'

Meghan McCain slams Rand Paul over blocking 9/11 compensation funding: 'This is a disgrace'
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"The View" co-anchor Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainTrump Jr. visit to 'The View' boosts ratings to highest in six months Meghan McCain to Trump Jr. on 'The View': 'You and your family have hurt a lot of people' Trump Jr. defends father on 'The View': He's 'controversial,' but 'took on the establishment' MORE on Thursday blasted Sen Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Trump: 'Everybody knows who the whistleblower is' Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-Ky.) after he objected to legislation to extend the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund, calling Paul's actions "un-American" and a "disgrace."

"It’s why people hate libertarians, because they get so out in front of their skis and so ideologically pure that they don’t see the forest for the trees," McCain said on the ABC program. "Give 9/11 responders whatever the hell they want, please."

McCain invoked the late detective and 9/11 first responder Luis Alvarez, noting how Alvarez said before he died that his son and all of the first responders "deserved better than this."

"It is un-American, it is unpatriotic," McCain said. "Rand Paul, I’ve never liked you. But this is a disgrace on every level."

Paul on Wednesday objected to Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandMaloney primary challenger calls on her to return, donate previous campaign donations from Trump Senate confirms controversial circuit court nominee She Should Run launches initiative to expand number of women in political process MORE's (D-N.Y.) attempt to get the Senate to approve a House-passed bill that would reauthorize the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund through fiscal 2090. Gillibrand, who is running for president, had tried to gain the upper chamber's approval by requesting unanimous consent, a procedural move that allows a bill to skip numerous steps if its passed unanimously. 

But Paul, citing the United States' growing debt, objected, arguing that any new spending needed to be "offset by cutting spending that's less valuable." Paul added that the would offer an amendment to the House bill if it is brought up for a vote in the Senate. 
"Senator Paul is not blocking anything. He is simply seeking to pay for it," a spokesperson for Paul told The Hill. "As with any bill, Senator Paul always believes it needs to be paid for. Senator Paul is simply offering an amendment, which other senators support, to pay for this legislation.” 
Sen Mike Lee (R-Utah) also objected to passing the legislation without a vote, his communications director, Conn Carroll, said to CNN.
Current compensation for 9/11 first responders will likely run out this year without new legislation. First responders and advocates have roundly criticized Paul and Lee's actions. Comedian and activist Jon Stewart, who has consistently advocated for extending the victim fund, called the lawmakers move "an abomination." 
"It's absolutely outrageous. Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," Stewart said.