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Paul Ryan offers hedged support for defunding Planned Parenthood

Just days into his new role as reluctant House speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan in a recent interview reacted to the controversial behavior of taxpayer-funded abortion workers. Personally, he said he has always held a firm position on the issue:

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.

Going forward, however, Ryan acknowledged that such a result would likely be unfeasible. Echoing his desire to become a unifying congressional force, he explained:

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.

While he does caution against overzealousness, the pro-life congressman asserted that investigations and other oversight of the nation’s leading abortion provider are imperative. He went on to lament the fact that D.C. politics makes real reform difficult:

But we also have to push issues where we can push issues. We have to speak truth to power. We have a president that isn’t willing to listen, that isn’t going to sign lots of our bills into law. We have a Senate that has a very difficult process when it comes to actually getting bills voted on. So knowing that we have those constraints, we have to operate within those constraints.

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