If it were up to newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan, Planned Parenthood would not get one “red cent” from taxpayers, but it is not. When aksed about defunding the controversial organization, Ryan replied.
“I don’t think Planned Parenthood should get a red cent from the taxpayer. I’ve always believed that, even before these disgusting videos came out,” Ryan said. “But I believe we need to do our oversight. We’re just beginning to start a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. That’s important. So the special committee on Planned Parenthood, I think, should be in the driver’s seat overseeing this process.”
“I think we need to be very clear about what we can and cannot achieve and not set expectations that we know we can’t reach given the constraints of the Constitution,” Ryan told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
Ryan was elected as the new speaker when John Boehner retired and Ryan has some challenges ahead to restore order within the Republican caucus, but spent the weekend laying down the groundwork of how things will be run under his control.
Ryan pledged to go back to “regular order” in the House — a reference to allowing committees more power in crafting legislation — and to focus on reducing federal spending and the debt.
On Sunday Ryan said that he would not work with the Obama administration on changing immigration policy, effectively pushing off the issue to at least 2017.
“Presidents don’t write laws, Congress does,” Ryan insisted. “The President has proven himself to be untrustworthy on this issue.”
Nothing like hitting the ground running.