(CNSNews.com) - "We are moving on Planned Parenthood on multiple fronts," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told a news conference on Wednesday. But he refused to "pre-determine the outcome" of negotiations on the omnibus appropriations bill that must pass by the time Congress adjourns in December.
A reporter asked Ryan, "How realistic do you think it is that Planned Parenthood could be defunded in the omnibus, and will you make any kind of commitment that the goverenment won't shut it down?"
"I'm not going to pre-determine the outcome of negotiations that have not even taken place yet," Ryan responded.
"I don't think Planned Parenthood should get one red cent from the taxpayer. That's been my position for a long time, even before I saw these gruesome vidoes. That's point number one.
"Point number two -- we also have a reconciliation process under way, and we have defunded Planned Parenthood through the reconciliation process, which is our best chance and opportunity of actually getting a bill on the president's desk.
"So we are moving on Planned Parenthood on multiple fronts -- not to mention the fact that we have a select committee, through the Commerce Committee, that is being assembled to look into these issues."
Reconciliation allows for fast-track consideration of legislation affecting mandatory or direct spending programs, and only a simple majority is required to pass such bills in the Senate.