Shutdown coming? Ryan won’t rule out rider to defund Planned Parenthood in next funding bill

posted at 8:41 pm on November 3, 2015 by Allahpundit

The government runs out of money on December 11th and the most pro-abortion president in history has vowed not to sign any bills that make funding the government contingent upon defunding Planned Parenthood. Surely this is the moment for a Republican Speaker to crap away any leverage he might have by vowing to prevent a shutdown at all costs, right?

Not this time.

“This is the legislative branch and the power of the purse rests within the legislative branch and we fully expect that we’re going to exercise that power,” Ryan told reporters Tuesday morning.

That statement marks a break with Ryan’s predecessor, John Boehner, who developed a habit of pledging not to pass funding bills that would risk a government shutdown by provoking a presidential veto. The new, firmer stance could potentially put Ryan at odds with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), who has also sworn to avoid government shutdowns. But it could also help Ryan mollify the conservative backbenchers who have accused GOP leaders of preemptively surrendering to Obama.

One of the demands the Freedom Caucus made of Ryan was for a return to regular order, i.e. letting bills originate in committee and amending them as the majority desires instead of having the Speaker’s office drop a prefab bill on the conference at the last second and asking them to approve it as is. If Ryan meets that demand, he could be stuck: The House’s GOP majority could vote to add a rider to a funding bill, all but guaranteeing a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. If he doesn’t meet that demand, though, he could also be stuck. It’d be a bad start to his Speakership if he blinked at a shutdown fight over a bill that’s highly popular with cultural conservatives.

Unless, that is, the House’s conservatives cut him some slack on it. Hmmmm.

A few dozen hardline conservatives were ready to shut down the government last month over Planned Parenthood. But after new Speaker Paul Ryan remarked over the weekend that defunding the group probably isn’t going to happen, several of the conservative firebrands greeted the remark with a shrug…

“We’re absolutely committed to it,” said Rep. Trent Franks, one of the most outspoken critics of Planned Parenthood. “I think Paul is as committed to protecting the unborn….as much of any of us. The problem is he is as capable as any of us at mathematical addition and subtraction.”…

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said as long as Ryan gives Republicans a chance during committee votes to attempt and defund the health care organization, the Wisconsin Republican won’t draw the ire of hardliners.

In theory, a clean process here might solve Ryan’s political problem. If he lets conservatives amend the funding bill to attach a rider defunding Planned Parenthood and brings it to a vote, maybe they’ll reward him by voting for a clean bill once the Senate shoots down the first one. But then, maybe not. One of the main knocks on Boehner was that he wasn’t willing to play chicken with Obama by tolerating a shutdown apart from the brief one in 2013. If conservatives think they can win a political fight with O over PP and the sting videos, why not demand that Ryan force a shutdown and see how that shakes out? Is it because they … don’t think they would win that battle? Or is it because they know as well as Ryan does that a shutdown in the middle of a presidential campaign could be a big problem for the nominee next fall?

Or is it because Ryan’s in the middle of making other concessions that will make the Freedom Caucus happy enough that they won’t want to go to war with him (yet)?

In his first extended meeting with House Republicans, Ryan made clear that he would make some changes, according to lawmakers present. One of those changes: He would alter the makeup of the House Steering Committee before Thanksgiving — a key demand of conservatives who want more say in the decision-making process. That panel, typically dominated by the speaker’s office, makes important decisions on assigning members to plum committee spots, but Ryan has privately said he would install a more diverse group of members to help dole out those assignments.

Here’s Ryan this morning at his first presser as Speaker suggesting that nothing is off the table and this weekend on CNN making it sound like he’s awfully reluctant to make any obviously futile moves against Planned Parenthood. Curious to see how this circle will be squared.



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Defund PP for crimes against humanity

SpongePuppy on November 3, 2015 at 8:42 PM

Stop, my side hurts!

artist on November 3, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Curious to see how this circle will be squared.

…Ryan has a square toilet seat?

JugEarsButtHurt on November 3, 2015 at 8:45 PM

Obama has nothing to fear with his man running the House.

whatcat on November 3, 2015 at 8:46 PM

Heh…

d1carter on November 3, 2015 at 8:48 PM

Abort McConnell.

vnvet on November 3, 2015 at 8:48 PM

Failure Intermission™

ShainS on November 3, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Failure Theater.

ConstantineXI on November 3, 2015 at 8:50 PM

“The power of the purse rests within the legislative branch and we fully expect that we’re going to exercise that power.”

Well…at least for the 111 days in 2016 that they actually show up for work.

thatsafactjack on November 3, 2015 at 8:51 PM

You can’t even see Tom Donahue’s lips moving….

d1carter on November 3, 2015 at 8:51 PM

“Not the Hill to Die On”

I’ll believe it when I see it.

TheMadHessian on November 3, 2015 at 8:59 PM

I thought they passed the budget?

:/

dougmva on November 3, 2015 at 9:01 PM

Ryan’s luscious, shoebrush-thick hair will be white as snow by December 2016. If he has any left.

leftnomore on November 3, 2015 at 9:01 PM

As an aside, a bunch of hype about Planned Parenthood takes no skin off the noses of the COC and big business who have this man in their pocket for the real money..that is what will destroy this country.

How stupid would any “Moral Majority” style GOP supporter be to suddenly like him based on this no cost.no penalty promise.

celt on November 3, 2015 at 9:04 PM

Government shutdown? Dream on. They know that financially, this country is finished. They are busy looting and pillaging us and future generations like I have never seen in my lifetime. Financial rape that will ruin us for decades to come.

Guess where 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the former USA are? Hint, within commuting distance of the District of Communism.

We are scared little sheep who deserve this.

Exninja on November 3, 2015 at 9:08 PM

“The GOP will fight for every hill.”

-Ok, that one.

“Well ok except for that one.”

-This one?

“Uhh..no, not this one either.”

-What about tha

“NO!”

Bishop on November 3, 2015 at 9:27 PM

I’m confused. Didn’t they just pass a 2-year funding bill with built-in debt limit increases to cover it?

WTF are they still talking about funding bills, they already sold us down the 2-year sleigh ride cras to oblivion, no?

Who is John Galt on November 3, 2015 at 9:27 PM

Shutdown coming?

Good One.

Buckshots on November 3, 2015 at 9:28 PM

Yet another lie about pulling out.

batterup on November 3, 2015 at 9:30 PM

This is so freakin’ simple. Pass spending bills, and make Zero veto them, while making him explain his vetoes. If he shuts the government down, saturate the MSM with the message. Put Zero on constant defense. Why is this so hard for them to figure out?

Serious Drivel on November 3, 2015 at 9:42 PM

I’m confused. Didn’t they just pass a 2-year funding bill with built-in debt limit increases to cover it?

WTF are they still talking about funding bills, they already sold us down the 2-year sleigh ride cras to oblivion, no?

Who is John Galt on November 3, 2015 at 9:27 PM

Yes, I’m confused as well.

cptacek on November 3, 2015 at 9:43 PM

This is so freakin’ simple. Pass spending bills, and make Zero veto them, while making him explain his vetoes. If he shuts the government down, saturate the MSM with the message. Put Zero on constant defense. Why is this so hard for them to figure out?

Serious Drivel on November 3, 2015 at 9:42 PM

Scroll up…

celt on November 3, 2015 at 9:49 PM

don’t TELL us a damned thing Pauly…………SHOW US!!

(and I aint holdin my breath)

this will be BONER part deu
(only with a later time in the day that the drinking lamp gets lit)

Katfish on November 3, 2015 at 10:09 PM

Yet another lie about pulling out.

batterup on November 3, 2015 at 9:30 PM

…who got ‘knocked up’?

JugEarsButtHurt on November 3, 2015 at 10:11 PM

Ryan could earn a TON of conservative bona fides by standing firm on defunding PP. It would be stunning, shocking, unprecedented. He’d be a hero to GOP voters.

Of course, the chances of him actually doing that are the same of Obama resigning tomorrow…

fossten on November 3, 2015 at 10:14 PM

“The power of the purse rests within the legislative branch and we fully expect that we’re going to exercise that power.”

Oh, yeah…Act I is where the fraud plays tough guy to win the trust of the rube conservatives. I remember now.

Jaibones on November 3, 2015 at 10:20 PM

Lucy and the football.
Don’t be a Charlie Brown again, people

LegendHasIt on November 3, 2015 at 10:27 PM

Again, I ask: Didn’t they just pass a two-year budget including the necessary debt-limit increases, and PP funding?

Who is John Galt on November 3, 2015 at 10:31 PM

“The power of the purse rests within the legislative branch and we fully expect that we’re going to exercise that power.”

Well…at least for the 111 days in 2016 that they actually show up for work.

thatsafactjack on November 3, 2015 at 8:51 PM

lol, jackie the bo bo killer. just when i gets all excited that eddie munster was really going to break bad, keep it real. Then I wokes up, realized this was the same guy who had slo Joe spank him, liked it, and went full tilt boogie during the debate.

arnold ziffel on November 3, 2015 at 10:49 PM

Jughead will never stand up.

Don’t disappoint yourself with false hope.

Younggod on November 4, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Most of America still has not seen the hidden camera videos, just like the media staged a Three Week News Blackout regarding a 9-11 Terror Attack in Benghazi.

You have to be initiated to be aware of the Planned Parenthood baby part harvesting, and their weak reaction saying they would not do it anymore…the thing they were not doing.

So, with that caveat:

The best restriction on funding Planned Parenthood…is to tie more strings to the money that women’s health organizations receive, and insist that there be no abortion on the premises and that the money be used for pre natal care and delivery…this will help ease up on Medicaid, since 50% of illegitimate/out of wedlock/non-married-mothers use Medicaid to deliver their baby.

Ryan needs to be innovative here, and can do more than appear to take the birth control pills out of the mouths of starving food stamp receivers.

One way to tie the PP money to outcomes that everyone including Hyde Amendment supporters is to let Governors direct the money to PP or to their favorite clinics. Block grant the money, and say that it is PP optional or the equivalent determined by the state. Planned Parenthood is a non profit private organization that should not feel entitled to cash from the taxpayers. Birth control pills are currently FREE under the Obamacare/ACA scheme.

Fleuries on November 4, 2015 at 9:40 AM

Eh, maybe he’ll cave before a shutdown happens, but at least he’s not telegraphing it. That already puts him ahead of Boehner.

Caiwyn on November 4, 2015 at 10:25 AM

“The power of the purse rests within the legislative branch and we fully expect that we’re going to exercise that power.”

Then use it for once. Pass specific funding bills instead of the pathetic omnibus bills.

GWB on November 4, 2015 at 11:01 AM

When Obama and the Democrats whine about shutting down the government Ryan needs to get on the media explaining that he is only defunding the baby butchery and body parts selling by Planned Parenthood.

If Ryan can’t make that point to America he has no reason to be Speaker of the House.

RJL on November 4, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Again, I ask: Didn’t they just pass a two-year budget including the necessary debt-limit increases, and PP funding?

Who is John Galt on November 3, 2015 at 10:31 PM

Who is John Galt on November 4, 2015 at 8:13 PM