Senator Rand Paul talks impeachment, infrastructure and Kentucky politics

Published: Nov. 21, 2019 at 1:29 PM EST
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WYMT's Steve Hensley interviewed Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) Thursday morning.

The two discussed the ongoing impeachment hearings, the results of Kentucky's general election and an infrastructure bill he is pushing.

In his interview with Hensley Senator Paul says he does not think the President did anything wrong in his call with the Ukranian President.

"I haven't seen anything that's changed my mind," said Senator Paul. "I think the president had every right to ask if there was an investigation into Burisma and a former Vice President's son 50 thousand dollars a month."

When it came to Kentucky's election Senator Paul is happy that Republicans swept the down-ballot races.

He said he worked with the Governor-Elect Andy Beshear's father and does not see why it will be any different this time.

"It also shows its a mixed bag and if you want to win you have to appeal to people on both sides of the aisle so we will see I think there is still work to be done for the people of Kentucky," said Paul. "Everybody needs to come together to fix the pension system."

Senator Paul expected his proposal to be fought against. It was tabled by a vote of 73-20.

"We'll get maybe 25 percent of the congress but the message back home to people will be if they vote against my bill do they really care about the roads and bridges of Kentucky," said Paul.

You can watch the full interview in the above video.

The infrastructure bill, called the Penny Plan to Enhance Infrastructure Act, was brought to the Senate floor Thursday morning for a vote. The plan would redirect one percent from the federal government's non-infrastructure discretionary spending into infrastructure. In one year, the plan would direct $12.3 billion into new infrastructure without adding new debt or touching Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security.

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