(CNS News) -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) led a press conference on Friday with a handful of fellow Republicans to explain why the National Science Foundation does not deserve a 68% increase in funding for research on such things as frog-mating calls and the sexual promiscuity of Japanese quail high on cocaine.
Today several of my Senate colleagues and I held a press conference. We are currently $28 trillion in debt. Not only does the China spending bill put us even more in debt, it gives money to one of the most wasteful agencies in government, the National Science Foundation. pic.twitter.com/qtVHkcyd8U— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) May 28, 2021
“This is the agency that funds studying the male mating call of Panamanian frogs to see if the country frogs have a different mating call than the city frogs,” said Paul. “This is the agency that funds whether or not we should study whether humans should eat ants to slow down the warming of the planet, whether or not Japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine.”
NIH Spent over $800,000 to study whether Japanese Quails are more Sexually promiscuous on cocaine. I think we could have simply polled the audience….and of course found they are… pic.twitter.com/lZYlRbyuun— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 25, 2021
The press conference was held in response to a proposed increase in funding for the National Science Foundation included in the Endless Frontier Act.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called the bill a “once-in-a-generation investment in American science and American technology,” according to Forbes.
In response to the bill, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) told Tucker Carlson Tonight, “My mother did not raise a fool, and if she did, it was one of my brothers. This is not a ‘fight communism’ bill. If you look at this bill, and study it, you will see this is an ‘all four feet and your snout in the trough’ spending bill with virtually no money going for military defense.”
Paul claimed that no American would vote to fund an organization that conducts this type of research.
“The American people would be alarmed and would rebel if they knew,” Paul said at the press gathering. “It's disappointing that many of my Republican colleagues would vote for this. I'm standing with those who do care about the deficit. We will continue to fight, and I think we are making inroads.”
Friday morning, Paul delivered a 32-minute speech on the Senate floor, employing the use of numerous props. He used colorful poster boards to demonstrate the “wasteful” spending of the National Science Foundation.
Today I spoke on the floor AGAIN about government waste and urged the Senate to adopt my amendment that would ban the funding of gain-of-function research in China. You can watch it here: https://t.co/U7g3ElR5au— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 25, 2021
He also discussed funds being used for the development of a climate change video game, and sending kids in Pakistan to space camp and Dollywood, among other things.
According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the total U.S. national debt as of April 30, 2021 was $28,174,714,000,000.00.