Paul asks Cruz about prospects for compromise during marathon speech on Affordable Care Act

09/24/2013 06:45 PM

When Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz vowed to speak on defunding the Affordable Care Act until he couldn’t stand any longer, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul came to the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday to ask if he would be willing to compromise with president and Senate Democrats.

Paul has previously said he believes the U.S. House bill is a good way to find compromise with Senate Democrats on the issue of the Affordable Care Act.

Paul told Cruz he does not want to fund the health law. But Paul said because Republicans don’t control the U.S. Senate, they have to be ready to compromise.

“My question to you is, if you can’t get everything you want, if you can’t defund Obamacare which is exactly what you and I both agree on and millions of people across America want us to get rid of Obamacare,” Paul said to Cruz during a brief appearance on the Senate floor around 5:30 p.m.

“But if you can’t, if you stand today and you can not get rid of Obamacare, will you accept a compromise, will you work with the President, will you work with the Majority leader if they are willing to come and say ‘you know what? You’re right we messed up on a bunch of this and there are a lot of people who are going to be hurt by Obamacare…are you willing to work with us?” Paul asked.

Cruz said he believed Paul’s question was a good one but he thinks to make real progress on the issue, they have to stand and fight now. Cruz pressed forward with a marathon speech starting at 2:41 p.m. Tuesday to call for blocking a procedural vote on the House version of the continuing resolution that strips out funding for the Affordable Care Act.

Cruz is arguing that if the continuing resolution survives the procedural vote, the Senate Democrats can easily strip out the provision to defund the Affordable Care Act by a majority vote.

The Senate is scheduled to take the procedural vote Wednesday.

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