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Senator Rand Paul Leans Towards Compromise, Kentucky Residents Want More

Rachel Scott |
October 1, 2013 | 11:43 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Rand Paul speaking to supporters at a townhall in Meredith, New Hampshire. (Wikipedia Commons)
Rand Paul speaking to supporters at a townhall in Meredith, New Hampshire. (Wikipedia Commons)
Junior United States Senator Rand Paul has repeatedly blamed President Obama for refusing to compromise on his healthcare plan, a decision that he blames for the government shutdown.

“The president’s the one saying, ‘I will shut down government if you don’t give me everything I want on Obamacare,'” Paul said in an interview with CBS on Sunday.

Yet, Paul revealed a glimmer of hope for a possible comprise Tuesday morning. Paul said he would support a short-term measure to keep the government open while Congress negotiates for one to two weeks.

While, the Kentucky Senator is willing to pass a short-term measure, he wants the negotiations to provide long-term substance for the American people. Paul says the government needs “an active negotiation that we don’t say we’re going to fund it for three months or two months and come back.” 

Yet, there are still things that Paul is not willing to cave in on—Obamacare for one.

"The President has been modifying his plan over the past several months," Paul said. "Some of us think that its illegal for the president to do it without our authority. So, really, I think we should be part of the mix and he shouldn't get 100 percent of Obamacare as he wants it without any input from Republicans as well as the rest of the country."

But not all Kentucky residents agree with Rand Paul or the way House Republicans are handling the shutdown.

Virginia Bess, a resident of Fayette County in Kentucky says that no negotiation is needed; rather “a straight vote up and down is best.”

In fact, Bess does not believe that Obamacare should be tied to the funding bill at all.

“In this case, when you have federal employees being furloughed, this should just be a straight bill to solve the issue at hand,” Bess stated.

She emphasizes the need for the government to think about the impact of these issues of regular citizens.

“As Kentuckians, we have four of the worst counties in American, we don’t need to stop federal funding or assistance in areas where it is needed most,” said Bess. 

As a democrat, she hopes that a measure is accepted quickly; but in the end she wants Republican officials like Rand Paul to compromise.

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