Rand Paul Lashes Out After Bill To ‘Stop Paying Dead People’ Hits 3-Year Snag

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Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul made it clear that he was not happy when his bill, aimed at stopping stimulus payments to dead people, hit a snag.

Paul explained in a tweet Monday that his bill was being “watered down” so that terminating stimulus payments to dead people would not happen for three years. (RELATED: ‘We Would Not Be Here Today’: Rand Paul Credits Police With Saving His Life After Attack In Washington)

“Recently, I passed a bill in the Senate to stop sending stimulus checks to dead people, immediately. Now I’m told bill is being watered down to stop paying dead people, but only in THREE years,” Paul tweeted. “This is exactly why 90 % of people (including me) disapprove of Congress.”

Republican Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie complained about stimulus checks being set to dead people — over one million such checks totaling over $1.4 billion — months ago. He also noted that some payments had made it to non-Americans living overseas.

“At least the dead people who received stimulus checks were Americans,” he said.

NPR later reported on non-Americans living abroad who had received stimulus payments. Some returned those payments, according to NPR’s report, but some said that they had no intention of giving the money back.