Rand Paul stops unanimous passage of 9/11 first responders funding bill

(CNN)Republican Sen. Rand Paul objected Wednesday to an attempt to pass the bill funding 9/11 first responders’ health care unanimously, arguing that passing such a long-term bill without offsetting the cost would contribute to the national debt. “We need to at the very least have this debate. I will be offering up an amendment if this bill should come to the floor, but until then I will object,” added Paul, who voted in favor of President Donald Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut. That tax cut is helping drive a deficit increase. Speaking on the floor afterward, Gillibrand said that she was “deeply disappointed” in Paul’s decision. Gillibrand grew emotional describing how first responders have “had to use their most precious …