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Foreign Aid: Tim Scott Flip Flops



Apparently Sen. Tim Scott voted for the Rand Paul amendment before he voted against it.

Last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) and Senator Tim Scott spoke to a large crowd at a Tea Party meeting in Greenville, S.C. At this gathering, Scott assured the audience he would stand with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) regarding the elimination of foreign aid to Egypt – yet earlier this week he joined U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and the Democrats in voting to continue it.

I asked both Sen. Scott and Congressman Duncan why the federal government forces taxpayers to continue giving $50 billion in foreign aid each year 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 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,” Scott responded. “The enumerated powers are pretty clear about us giving money out – period.”

Paul stated that the eighty-six senators who opposed his amendment – which would have frozen $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 Scott vote against Rand Paul’s Amendment?

Chris Lawton, founder of the Greenville Tea Party, wonders what changed his mind.

“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,” he told The Greenville Post.

Scott is a favorite among Conservatives in South Carolina, and they are disappointed to see him flip flop on this issue – and demanding answers. Unfortunately, calls to Sen. Scott’s Washington, D.C. office were not immediately returned.


Joshua Cook is a native and resident of the South Carolina Upstate. He received his MBA from North Greenville University and is actively involved in South Carolina politics.