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Rand Paul open to compromise on defunding Obamacare

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., rejected the idea that Republicans should “peremptorily announce defeat or surrender” on Obamacare funding, suggesting that the push to defund the law might produce a legislative compromise that delays the law’s implementation.

“I think [House Republicans] ought to vote to defund Obamacare,” Paul told reporters during a press conference at the 2013 Young Americans for Liberty convention Wednesday evening.

“What happens if the Democrats don’t? What happens typically and historically [is] the bills come together and there’s a conference committee and people work a compromise. But right now we’re not getting any kind of compromise if we just peremptorily announce defeat or surrender before we get started,” he said, before adding hopefully that “maybe the compromise ultimately is the whole thing gets delayed because the whole thing’s not going to work.”

Paul compared the push to defund Obamacare to the 2011 effort by lawmakers such as Paul and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to pass Cut, Cap, and Balance, which required tied the debt ceiling to passage of a balanced budget amendment.

“We didn’t get it passed in the Senate, but you know what the compromise was? The sequester,” Paul told reporters. “We shifted the debate [and] we wound up with the sequester — which, really, while it only cuts the rate of growth of government, is probably one of the few things where we’re at least pulling in the right direction around here.”

 

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