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This week, for the first time ever, Congress will send a bill repealing Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood to the president. That’s right—after years of being stalled in the Senate, a repeal of these disastrous laws will soon be #OnHisDesk. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained the technicalities of this significant vote in an appearance on Fox News’s Hannity last night, as well as putting forth a bold, pro-growth agenda and fighting for conservative principles. Below are excerpts from their conversation.
“A bill on his desk defunding Obamacare.” “How many times have we said we want to put bills on his desk that say who we are, what we believe versus what he believes? This is the first time we’ve been able to get #OnHisDesk a bill going after Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.”
“We used the one tool we have a year…reconciliation.” “We finally found, what I think is, a smart strategy to be able to get a bill on his desk. We’ve never been able to get around a filibuster in the Senate to get a bill to repeal Obamacare. By the way, this also defunds Planned Parenthood, which is a very high priority of ours. We could never get through the Senate filibuster. We used the one rule—the one tool we have a year, we call this reconciliation—so we can get around the Senate filibuster to get a bill on his desk defunding Obamacare and Planned Parenthood.”
“Offer an agenda of solutions that gets America back on the right track.” “Either we have another four years like these years. . . .or we, as a conservative party, offer the country a very clear and compelling agenda on the big issues that are confronting us, that are facing us, to get the country on the right track. But I, Paul Ryan, am not going to be the one that assembles this single handedly. We’re going to do this as a team, organically, every conservative in Congress is gonna have a hand in putting this together while we also listen to our constituents. While we also listen to the citizens out there who are really worried about the direction America’s headed. So we’re going to take these concerns, apply our founding principles to the problems of the day to offer an agenda of solutions that gets America back on the right track. If you don’t think the country’s headed in the right direction—which we don’t—we have an obligation, we have a mandate to give people of this nation a choice for a better way forward and that’s exactly what we intend on doing.”
“We got some really good conservative wins.” “We got some pretty good conservative wins here. We kept our pro-life riders, we cut the EPA to a level we haven’t seen since before Obama. We put strings on the IRS so they can’t meddle in our elections. We repealed a 40-year ban on the oil export ban. So we got some really good conservative wins, and we also got the tax bill that I’ve been fighting for—when I was chairman of Ways and Means—for years. We got good tax policy. So, we got some good conservative wins. This is no way to run government. That’s why I want to clear the deck in ’15 so we don’t do that in ’16. So ’16, we go back to regular order. We go back to doing business the way the founders intended it to be done.”