Senate Republicans passed a budget resolution Wednesday that would repeal parts of Obamacare. However, the resolution would also add $9.7 trillion to the national debt, and for that reason Sen. Rand Paul voted against the measure:
The Kentucky Republican was the only Senate Republican to vote against a budget resolution Wednesday that would pave the way for Obamacare’s repeal, complaining that it would also raise the deficit.
“I’m disappointed that the first action out of a new Republican Congress that has the majority in the Senate, majority in the House and the White House that their first action will be a budget that never balances and adds $9.7 trillion to the deficit,” Paul told CNN Wednesday. “I just can’t vote for a budget that never balances and adds so much new debt.”
In effort to thwart the resolution, Paul met with 25 House Republicans Thursday morning — mostly members of the staunchly conservative Freedom Caucus — to convince them to oppose the measure. But while House Republicans were open to Paul’s concerns, they aren’t sure of their vote just yet:
“The Freedom Caucus has been very strong in its support of a balanced budget, and it’s too early to tell whether that would be a casualty of voting for this budget,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
“Anytime you look at anything, you’ve got to be concerned about the cost,” Meadows said.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said “we’re waiting for our meeting” to discuss the group’s position.
“We heard some good information from Rand. We had some good dialogue back and forth,” he said.
Paul has made it clear that he wants to repeal and replace Obamacare in full. However, he believes that repealing the law doesn’t have to come at the price of an unbalanced budget.