There will be one noticeable difference when Republicans take over the Senate on Tuesday, says Sen. Rand Paul: there will be votes.
Republicans have complained that outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, refused to allow votes — even from members of his own party — if the legislation was something President Barack Obama didn't want to sign.
With the GOP in control of both houses, that will change, Paul said.
"Part of it is to let the other party have votes," the Kentucky Republican said Monday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren."
"The last several years, Harry Reid said no Republican amendments. It is my way or the highway," he said.
Incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will let Republicans and Democrats have votes on their bills, Paul said. "We will vote, vote, vote, and pass legislation."
Some of those votes will be to repeal all or parts of Obamacare, Paul said, because that's the only way to figure out where to compromise.
"I think by putting bills forward, you will find out what the president will veto and won't and what the middle ground is," he said.
Van Susteren asked what the Republican alternative to Obamcare might be.
"We could try freedom for a while," Paul said. "We had it for a long time, where you sell something and I agree to buy it because I like it. That is how we operate in most of the marketplace other than healthcare."
Paul said he also will introduce a bill to stop U.S. support of $440 million for the Palestinian Authority. The PA has said it wants to join the International Criminal Court and investigate Israeli soldiers for alleged war crimes.
"Well, that hardly seems to be a good idea to give the American taxpayer money to a country or entity that is now saying an ally of ours, that their soldiers need to be investigated for war crimes," he said.
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