Senior administration officials will be on the Hill this week to brief lawmakers on the security challenges in the Middle East as the investigation continues into last week's events, including the killing of four Americans at a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has a closed briefing planned for Thursday morning.
This is not the first time Paul has tried to filibuster a bill over the Pakistan amendment. However, Reid has blocked his attempts using procedural maneuvers. Paul tried to get a vote on a Pakistan aid amendment during the June debate on the Senate's farm bill, but Reid stopped that as well.
Some Senators - such as Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) - have questioned the wisdom of not only Paul's proposal but also of voting on it without a full debate on Pakistan.
Plus, there is the danger that foreign policy votes could be misinterpreted both at home and abroad.
Last week, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), the GOP's top foreign aid appropriator, blasted Paul's amendment.
"Pakistan is a country with nuclear weapons that is hanging by a thread. I think it would be a very bad idea," Graham said of cutting off aid.
He added that aid should have some conditions but said he was "worried about the possibility of a nuclear-armed Pakistan falling into extremist hands. ... Now is not the time to disengage."
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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