Rand Paul wants one-week deal to buy time
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an early supporter of the Defund Obamacare effort, is now calling for Congress to pass a very short-term continuing resolution to stop the current shutdown.
“I think what we could do, is we could pass a very short term — maybe not six weeks but, what, about one week — so we can negotiate over a week,” Paul said on CNN on Tuesday morning. “I think a continuing bill to keep the government open while we negotiate is a good idea. I do agree that negotiating with the government closed probably to them appears like strong-arm tactics. So if we keep the government open, but I think it needs to be short-term enough that we are having an active negotiation, that we don’t just say, oh, we’re going to fund it for three months or two months and come back. I think if we did it for a week or two, I think we could still continue to negotiate, have a conference committee and really I think the American people do want us to work this out.”
Republicans floated Paul’s idea on Monday but it never got anywhere.
Paul said that it’s his understanding that Senate Democrats are against the idea.