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Paul Ryan Slams Rand Paul's 'Publicity Stunt' on Obamacare Bill

Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier"

By    |   Friday, 03 Mar 2017 09:51 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan Friday slammed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for his "publicity stunt" in walking through the Capitol to find a draft of the Obamacare replacement bill that Republicans said could be viewed in a designated room.

"I like Rand, but I think he is looking for a publicity stunt here," Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told Bret Baier on Fox News. "The committees of jurisdiction are drafting the legislation and are getting feedback from their members.

"That's exactly how legislation is supposed to be written," he said. "The things he described are just not accurate."

Paul, who has proposed his own legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act, and several Democrats went scouting for the draft on Thursday after Bloomberg News reported that it was being held in a specific room — under lock and key — where it could be viewed by legislators.

The unusual security is to prevent the proposal from being leaked to the news organizations, according to Bloomberg.

"When the committees write their bills and put them out there to mark up, everybody will see what they have done," Ryan told Baier. "I think that's just a publicity stunt, as far as I'm concerned."

The bill is expected to be marked up next week.

Ryan also ripped allegations that Republicans were seeking to pass the replacement bill under secrecy.

"Are you kidding me, Bret?" the speaker retorted.

"This bill is being written by the committees that are in charge of healthcare, which is the regular order process.

"This bill will go through the committee process, go through the budget committee, then go to the floor of Congress under what we call 'regular order.'

"That is precisely the most transparent and normal way of doing business," Ryan said, "which is the opposite of what the Democrats did when they crammed Obamacare through."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan Friday slammed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul for his" publicity stunt" in walking through the Capitol to find a draft of the Obamacare replacement bill that Republicans said could be viewed in a designated room.
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