Last Thursday, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) spoke to a large crowd at a Tea Party meeting in Greenville, S.C.
Sen. Tim Scott assured the audience that he would stand with Sen. Rand Paul regarding foreign aid to Egypt, but just a few days later he ended up voting against the amendment standing with Sen. Lindsey Graham and the Democrats.
I asked both Sen. Scott and Congressman Duncan why the U.S. continues to give $50 billion taxpayer in foreign aid to counties who hate us.
Sen. Scott said,
“There was an opportunity in the Senate to make a decision on our foreign aid to Egypt. A classic example, the Rand Paul amendment back about two months ago to not provide more resources to a country in the form of F16s and tanks, I voted not to give that money because we ought to question what we get in return for our investments, but we ought to analyze how to make America safer by our foreign investments, and Egypt is the classic example. As we move forward if we find ourselves in the position where Egypt’s military action becomes defined as a coup, we will be in a stronger position to cut off that aid because we certainly cannot fund coups. So until we get to that point, myself, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and others take a strong stand on questioning what do we get on the return on investment for the money that we are giving out in this world.”
Artie Brito, a local Liberty activist asked Sen. Scott,
“Does the Constitution allow the federal government to give money to other countries? Where is that found in the Constitution?”
“You cannot find it is the answer to your question,” said Sen. Scott. “The enumerated powers are pretty clear about us giving money out—period.”
According to Townhall.com, Rand Paul stated that the 86 senators who opposed his amendment to freeze $1.5 billion in annual aid to Egypt voted “against the rule of law” on Wednesday. Paul’s amendment to the transportation spending bill would have halted aid to the country until elections were held and redirected the money to domestic bridge repairs instead.
So why did Sen. Scott vote against Sen. Rand Paul’s Amendment?
Chris Lawton, founder of the Greenville Tea Party, wonders what changed his mind. He told TheGreenvillePost.com,
“I would really like to know what changed so dramatically in Sen. Tim Scott’s answer to the Greenville Tea Party on July 25 to his vote against Senator Rand Paul’s amendment on S 1243 on July 31 that would have caused this apparent reversal.”
Sen. Tim Scott is a favorite among Conservatives in South Carolina, and they are disappointed to see him clearly flip flop on this issue. They are demanding answers.
We called Sen. Scott’s DC office on Friday morning and have not received a response as of this publication.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.