The US House just voted to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. While President Obama will veto this legislation, it is an important step as Speaker Paul Ryan says:
“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.”
Further as Speaker Ryan said today:
"Today, the House is going to put on the president’s desk a bill that repeals Obamacare and defunds Planned Parenthood. This is the first time—this is the first time in five years we will finally put a bill on his desk that defunds Obamacare. . . .
"We know the president wants to fill this year with distractions. He wants to talk about anything but his failures. We’re not going to let him take us off course. Too much is at stake.
"If we’re ever to get our country back on track, we need to make this year about ideas, not about Obama’s distractions. And that is exactly what we are going to do."
The contrasts are clear. Thank you for Speaker Ryan for focusing on ideas and issues, not distractions.