Rand Paul, Still in ‘Pain,’ Returns to Senate Ahead of Tax DebateBy
U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he plans to return to Washington on Monday, after he suffered broken ribs and a fluid buildup around his lungs in a Nov. 3 altercation with a neighbor at his Kentucky home.
"While I’m still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks," Paul said in a Twitter post.
The Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to start debate Monday afternoon on a 247-page tax proposal released last week by Chairman Senator Orrin Hatch. That "conceptual mark" outlined by the Utah lawmaker has several key differences with a House plan -- notably the Senate’s call for completely ending deductions for state and local taxes -- and Paul has said he wants to ensure "everyone gets a cut."
Paul isn’t a member of the committee, though his vote will be closely watched as leaders work to craft a bill that can pass the Senate, which Republicans control by a 52-48 margin.
Rene Boucher, a neighbor of Paul’s, pleaded not guilty to a fourth-degree assault charge, the Associated Press reported Nov. 9.