Rand Paul: ‘I won’t be bribed or bullied’ on Graham-Cassidy

Rand Paul: ‘I won’t be bribed or bullied’ on Graham-Cassidy

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaking at the 2015 Reagan Dinner for the Dallas County Republican Party in Dallas, Texas. January 30, 2015. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted Friday that he refuses to be “bribed or bullied” into supporting Republicans’ latest efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

The tweet appears to be a response to President Donald Trump singling the Kentucky Republican out on Twitter earlier that morning.

Paul tweeted that the bill, which grants states the ability to opt out of the Affordable Care Act’s regulations and exercise greater control over federal subsidies, is not actually a full repeal.

The legislation will need support from 50 of the upper chamber’s 52 Republicans to pass.

Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) are still undecided, meaning that two defections could sink the last-ditch legislative effort.

Collins told the Portland Press Herald Friday that she will likely vote against the bill.

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