Yet Rand has already gained a prominent following of his own. He delivered the Tea Party response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union Address, has engaged in two extended filibusters related to federal drone policy and privacy concerns, and has won three straw polls at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Recently he unveiled his plan for comprehensive tax reform, which would scrap almost all of the existing code and implement a flat 14.5 percent tax for all individuals and businesses. By some estimates, the proposal could increase after-tax incomes by as much as 16 percent.
Below are the BillTally data from Senator Paul’s first two sessions in Congress.