Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., left a Homeland Security Committee hearing after Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. He has blocked every Republican amendment suggested for the Fire Grants and Safety Act. Paul also suggested that all other Republicans in the meeting should do the same, but he was the only one who left then. Fox News reports that Peters offered an amendment to the motion, and Paul insisted that he had already offered a second-degree amendment, which meant that no others could be added. The Republican Senator asked, “We have what, unlimited second-degree amendments?”. Peters then said that Paul did not have the authority to call up an amendment for a vote. Paul said the following during the meeting to make his point: “If this is the way you’re going to run the committee, I would suggest that Republicans leave. I don’t see why we should stick around if you’re going to make up the rules. I mean, you’re going to offer up a third-degree amendment.” [tweet_embed]March 18, 2023[/tweet_embed] Paul then suggested that Republicans walk out of the meeting. At that moment, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., suggested everyone take a moment and try to bring down the anger and the tempers in the room. Sinema said: “There’s no need for us to turn this committee hearing into a partisan, ugly place as we’ve seen in other committees. We don’t need to do that.” Paul continued to argue the point that he was trying to make by saying: “I, for one, won’t stay here and recommend that no Republican stay here if we’re going to have third-degree amendments that only the majority gets to offer.” Senator Paul became very frustrated because he tried to offer amendments to the legislation that secondary amendments offered by Peters shot down. Those secondary amendments would nullify the amendments offered by Paul. Senator Paul said this was the first time “we’ve gotten second-degree amendments on every one of our amendments.” He felt that it was vindictive of the Democrat chairman to continue to shoot down all of his amendments like this.