House Speaker Paul Ryan continues to demonstrate why he needs to resign and let a more serious Republican serve as House Speaker.
According to the latest reports, Ryan’s latest budget will continue to provide funding to Planned Parenthood, the “women’s health” group that is famous for providing abortions and other controversial services.
Ryan defended his decision to continue funding Planned Parenthood in March, saying that he would tackle the organization in a future healthcare bill, not the general budget bill.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Meanwhile, while Ryan has kicked that particular baby-killing can down the road, he also appears to have shrunk from a fight on funding for Trump’s proposed border wall, giving in to Democrat threats of a government shutdown instead of faithfully working to secure the border.
Likely recognizing the current lack of support among congressional GOP leadership for a high-stakes budget fight now, and with an eye toward an even bigger fight over spending in the future, the Trump White House saved some political capital and pulled back from its request for about $1 billion to get started on the wall.
TheBlaze reported that Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the administration was willing to work with existing border security funding in the stopgap omnibus measure for now, but that the wall still remained a top priority and would be addressed in the full budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins in October.
“We’re not backing down,” Mulvaney said. “Keep in mind this is just, this bill is just for the last five months of this year. We’re actually, almost more than halfway through fiscal year ’17, we’re only talking about through the end of September.”
“The discussion for what to do with fiscal year ’18, which starts Oct. 1, the discussion actually starts as soon as this bill is signed, so we’re going to continue these conversations,” he added. “We just thought it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take the idea of a government shutdown off the table.”
Should Ryan tackle Planned Parenthood in this budget or is that something that should be addressed in a future budget bill?
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