‘Being Honest,’ Paul Ryan Says Defunding Planned Parenthood Is Unlikely

Newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan vowed to move forward with an investigation of Planned Parenthood but also cast doubt on Congress’ ability to end taxpayer funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider.

In an interview with Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ryan said he wants to ensure that Republicans are an “effective opposition party,” which requires “being honest with people upfront about what it is we can and cannot achieve.”

“But we also have to push issues where we can push issues. We have to speak truth to power,” he said. “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.”

Ryan, R-Wis., called the House’s newly formed select panel an “important” aspect of the investigation into Planned Parenthood, which is under fire after a series of undercover videos depicted the organization’s business practices.