The Race for the White House 2016: Who is Rand Paul?

download (4)This week’s Presidential candidate post is going to be about the second individual to put in their bid for the White House: Rand Paul. We’ll be focusing on his personal background and his voting history on six topics:  Healthcare, Education, Job Creation (including minimum wage), Social Programs (medicare/medicaid, SSI, EBT, etc), Gun Control and Human Rights (including LGBT rights and women’s rights). I get all my information on voting history from the website Project Vote Smart and there are many, many more topics than these six so I would encourage you to look up the voting histories for this and all the candidates on other subjects that interest you.

Rand Paul: Personal Information

Randal Howard “Rand” Paul was born January 7th, 1973 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Carol and Ron Paul. When Paul was 5, he and his family moved to Lake Jackson, Texas, where he was raised in a very political household, with his father being elected to the US House of Representatives when Paul was 13. Rand Paul’s father also headed Ronald Reagan’s Texas Delegation.

Paul was enrolled in the Honors program at  Baylor University from the fall of 1981 to the summer of 1984. During his time there, he was on the swim team and regularly contributed to the school paper The Baylor Lariat. Paul left Baylor early in 1984 without completing his bachelor’s degree when he was accepted at the Duke University School of Medicine. He earned an M.D. degree in 1988 and completed his residency in 1993. In 1993, after completing his residency in ophthalmology, Paul moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky and got his first job as an ophthalmologist. This was a field he continued in until 2009, when he ran for his first political office. (1)

In 2009, Rand Paul won the Kentucky senatorial primary as a Republican candidate after which he was assigned as the head of the Energy and Natural Resources, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Homeland Security and Government Affairs and Small Business committees. Paul also formed the Senate Tea Party Caucus. Paul’s first legislative proposal was to cut $500 billion in federal spending. This proposal included cutting the Department of Education by 83 percent and the Department of Homeland Security by 43 percent, as well as folding the Department of Energy into the Department of Defense and eliminating the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Seven independent agencies would be eliminated and food stamps would be cut by 30 percent. Under Paul’s proposal, defense spending would be reduced by 6.5 percent and international aid would be eliminated. (1)

Rand Paul officially announced his candidacy in the 2015 Presidential race on April 7th, 2015.

Rand Paul: The Issues

Healthcare:

*On February 2, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 9 – Repealing the IRS 1099 from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2)

*On February 2, 2011: Nay on S Amdt 28 – Repealing the IRS 1099 Provision from the Health Care Bill (2.1)

*On February 2, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 13 – Repealing the Federal Healthcare Law (2.2)

*On April 5, 2011: Yea on HR 4 – Repeals the Form 1099 in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2.3)

*On November 10, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 928 – American Jobs and Economic Growth (After reading the bill, I decided this belonged in this category instead of in Job Creation) (2.4)

*Co-Sponsored S Amdt 1520 – Authorizes Moral and Religious Objections to Certain Health Care Items and Services (2.5)

*On November 29, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 3058 – Expands TRICARE coverage of Autism (2.6)

*Co-sponsor on S Amdt 30: To Prohibit the Use of Funds to Carry out the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2.7)

*On March 31, 2014: Nay on HR 4302 – Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (2.8)

Education:

*On May 24, 2012: Nay on S 2343 – Extends Student Loan Interest Rates (Reid Bill) (2.9)

*On May 24, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2153 – Prohibits Increase in Interest Rates for Student Loans (Lamar Bill) (3)

*On June 6, 2013: Nay on S 953 – Student Loan Affordability Act (3.1)

*On June 6, 2013: Nay on S 1003 – Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act (3.2)

*On July 24, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 1778 – Limits Interest Rates for Certain Federal Student Loans (3.3)

*On July 24, 2013: Yea on HR 1911 – Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act of 2013 (3.4)

*On June 11, 2014: Nay on S 2432 – Bank on Student Loans Emergency Loan Refinancing Act (3.5)

Job Creation:

*On June 21, 2011: Nay on S 782 – Economic Development Revitalization Act (3.6)

*On October 11, 2011: Nay on S 1660 – American Jobs Act of 2011 (3.7)

*On July 12, 2012: Nay on S 2237 – Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act (3.8)

*On July 19, 2012: Nay on S 3364 – Bring Home Jobs Act (3.9)

*On January 1, 2013: Nay on HR 8 – Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 (4)

*On April 30, 2014: Nay on S 2223 – Minimum Wage Fairness Act (4.1)

*On July 30, 2014: Nay on S 2569 – Bring home Jobs Act (4.2)

Social Programs:

*On October 21, 2011: Yea on S Amdt 791 – Limits Farm Subsidies to Individuals with Incomes Under $1 million (4.3)

*On June 13, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2392 – Reduces Funding for Food Stamps (4.4)

*On June 19, 2012: Yea on S Amdt 2181 – Limits Farm Subsidies to Farmers with Incomes Under $250,000 (4.5)

*On June 19, 2012: Yea on S Amdt 2174 – Limits Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (4.6)

*On June 19, 2012: Yea on S Amdt 2172 – Rescinds Bonuses to States for Administering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (4.7)

*On June 19, 2012: Nay on S Amdt 2156 – Increases Funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (4.8)

*On June 21, 2012: Nay on S 3240 – Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (4.9)

*On May 23, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 953 – Limits Subsidy Payments for Individuals with Incomes More Than $750,000 (5)

*On January 14, 2014: Nay on S 1845 – Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (5.1)

*On February 4, 2014: Nay on HR 2642 – Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (5.2)

Gun Control:

*On April 17, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 719 – Authorizes Reciprocity for the Carrying of Certain Concealed Firearms (5.3)

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 715 – Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act (5.4)

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 714 – Prohibits the Sale of Assault Weapons (5.5)

*On April 17, 2013: Nay on S Amdt 714 – Limits Firearm Magazine Capacity (5.6)

Human Rights:

*On April 26, 2012: Nay on S 1925 – Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act (5.7)

*On December 4, 2012: Nay on Treaty Doc. 112-7 – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (5.8)

*On February 12, 2013: Nay on S 47 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (5.9)

*On November 4, 2013: Nay on S 815 – Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (6)

*On November 7, 2013: Yea on S Amdt 2013 – Exempts Religiously Affiliated Employers from the Prohibition on Employment Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (6.1)

*On July 16, 2014: Nay on S 2578 – Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014 (6.2)

Sources:

(1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rand_Paul

(2) http://votesmart.org/bill/12608/repealing-the-irs-1099-provision-from-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/12610/33258/117285/repealing-the-irs-1099-provision-from-the-health-care-bill

(2.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/12607/33253/117285/repealing-the-federal-health-care-law

(2.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/12858/repeals-the-form-1099-provision-in-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/14160/37327/117285/american-jobs-and-economic-growth

(2.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/14746/authorizes-moral-and-religious-objections-to-certain-health-care-items-and-services

(2.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/15950/expands-tricare-coverage-of-autism

(2.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/16352/to-prohibit-the-use-of-funds-to-carry-out-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act

(2.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/17705/47279/117285/protecting-access-to-medicare-act-of-2014

(2.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/15158/extends-student-loan-interest-rates-reid-bill

(3) http://votesmart.org/bill/15224/prohibits-increase-in-interest-rates-for-student-loans-lamar-bill

(3.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/16814/44550/117285/student-loan-affordability-act

(3.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/16813/44548/117285/comprehensive-student-loan-protection-act

(3.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/17294/45797/117285/limits-interest-rates-for-certain-federal-student-loans

(3.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/16854/45790/117285/bipartisan-student-loan-certainty-act-of-2013

(3.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/18384/48683/117285/bank-on-students-emergency-loan-refinancing-act

(3.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/13524/economic-development-revitalization-act

(3.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/13909/american-jobs-act-of-2011

(3.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/15601/small-business-jobs-and-tax-relief-act

(3.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/15598/bring-jobs-home-act

(4) http://votesmart.org/bill/15637/job-protection-and-recession-prevention-act-of-2012

(4.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/17854/47753/117285/minimum-wage-fairness-act

(4.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/18753/49616/117285/bring-jobs-home-act

(4.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/14025/limits-farm-subsidies-to-individuals-with-incomes-under-1-million

(4.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/15318/reduces-funding-for-food-stamps

(4.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/15463/limits-farm-subsidies-to-farmers-with-incomes-under-250000

(4.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/15464/limits-eligibility-for-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

(4.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/15465/rescinds-bonuses-to-states-for-administering-supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-snap

(4.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/15467/increases-funding-for-the-fresh-fruit-and-vegetable-program

(4.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/15316/agriculture-reform-food-and-jobs-act-of-2012

(5) http://votesmart.org/bill/16822/44578/117285/limits-subsidy-payments-for-individuals-with-incomes-more-than-750000

(5.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/17428/46392/117285/emergency-unemployment-compensation-extension-act

(5.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/18702/49362/117285/protect-womens-health-from-corporate-interference-act-of-2014

(5.3) http://votesmart.org/bill/16584/authorizes-reciprocity-for-the-carrying-of-certain-concealed-firearms

(5.4) http://votesmart.org/bill/16582/public-safety-and-second-amendment-rights-protection-act

(5.5) http://votesmart.org/bill/16586/43816/117285/prohibits-the-sale-of-assault-weapons

(5.6) http://votesmart.org/bill/16585/43809/117285/limits-firearm-magazine-capacity

(5.7) http://votesmart.org/bill/15123/reauthorizing-the-violence-against-women-act

(5.8) http://votesmart.org/bill/15948/the-convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities

(5.9) http://votesmart.org/bill/16132/42501/117285/violence-against-women-reauthorization-act-of-2013

(6) http://votesmart.org/bill/17391/46285/117285/employment-non-discrimination-act-of-2013

(6.1) http://votesmart.org/bill/17392/46288/117285/exempts-religiously-affiliated-employers-from-the-prohibition-on-employment-discrimination-based-on-sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity

(6.2) http://votesmart.org/bill/18702/49362/117285/protect-womens-health-from-corporate-interference-act-of-2014

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