Sen. Rand Paul took to the airwaves on Fox News Sunday, as reported by MSNBC, to explain his recent government shutdown threats.
I don’t think shutting down the government is a good idea. But I do think we were elected—conservatives were elected—to try to stop this overreach, this government takeover of health care. So, what I would say is, people want us to stand up and fight. I’m willing to stand up and fight.
Paul is one of the congressmen leading the charge against Obamacare by pressing Republicans to only vote for federal budget proposals that would include defunding Obamacare. That would force the President to veto the bill, in effect shutting down the federal government at the commander-in-chief’s hand.
What Paul really wants to do, he explained, is to leverage the power of the Republican-controlled House – the only branch not currently dominated by Democrats. The threat of a government shutdown can help he and other Tea Party proponents do just that.
That isn’t the ultimate goal, however. Paul said on Sunday that there is “always a great desire” to avoid a shutdown, and that it can help lay down a path towards compromise.
He explained further what a compromise might include:
I think you ultimately—you could in conference committee either make the law less bad or delay the individual mandate or delay the whole thing. Even the president is very concerned about this law because he is delaying the employer mandate, because he is concerned maybe about what will happen in the elections, when it is seen that insurance premiums go up.
The 2014 fiscal year for the federal government begins Oct. 1, 2013. Congress as a whole has not passed a budget the past three years, opting instead for short-term stop-gap solutions – despite the Republican-controlled house passing their own budgets in 2011 and 2012.
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