Sen. Rand Paul discusses FDA Modernization Act, other topics

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Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 8:01 AM CDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sat down with WYMT Thursday morning to discuss a variety of topics.

In the interview, Sen. Paul told us he is not going to vote to increase the debt ceiling.

Paul added that he is for a balanced budget.

“I’m not going to vote to raise the debt ceiling under any condition,” he said.

He added he supported a bill that said the U.S. should prioritize the interest first by paying for it upfront. Then, the government would not have the risk of default.

”I’ve actually supported a bill that says we should prioritize the interest and the interest should be paid up front,” he said. “Before we get to anything else then, you would never have the risk of default and you could say to Wall Street we’re not going to default ever.”

Paul also announced his partnership with Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) to introduce an FDA Modernization Act to end animal testing mandates. The legislation aims to end a mandate that experimental drugs have to be tested on animals before being used in human trials.

“Thanks to modern scientific innovation, the use of animal toxicity testing for experimental drugs has become increasingly obsolete,” said Sen. Booker. “This legislation will eliminate unnecessary suffering for countless animals when scientifically reliable alternative testing methods are available.

Senator Mike Braun of Illinois also commented on the FDA Modernization Act.

“Over the years, research has demonstrated that animal testing can often be inefficient in predicting drug effects and efficacy in humans,” said Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). “I’m proud to join Sen. Paul in introducing legislation that will cut FDA red tape, allowing drug manufacturers and sponsors to innovate clinical trial designs and utilize modern alternatives to demonstrate safety and efficacy.”

We asked Paul if he supports school-aged children being required to get a COVID-19 vaccine if they are eligible. He said it should be between the child and their parents.

“Absolutely not, if you look at the statistics on COVID, if you’re 85 years old you have a 10,000 greater chance of dying than a 10-year-old,” he added. “So it’s a different disease for young people than it is for the elderly.”

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