Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio announced today that he will run for Minority Leader to replace outgoing pro-life Speaker Paul Ryan next January after Democrats take over the House of Representatives. Jordan is a pro-life advocate and a strong voice against the abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
There may be a crowded race for the Republican leader spot. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, and North Carolina’s Mark Meadows, a leading voice of the conservative Freedom Caucus are possible candidates as well. All three have consistent pro-life voting records.
“I plan to run for minority leader,” Jordan told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton on “Rising.”
“In 2016, the American people elected Republicans to come here and change this town. I think the president is doing just that, but I don’t think they see the same intensity from folks in Congress, folks in the House of Representatives,” he continued.
Jordan went on to slam current GOP leadership in the House, saying they were not willing to engage in debate with Democrats.
“Now that we’re in the minority, that’s about all what we can do is debate, but fight hard in the debate for the principles, for the things that we know the American people sent us here to do in 2016. Show them that we deserve to be back in power in 2020,” he said.
Earlier this year, Jordan, the co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, announced his bid to replace Speaker Paul Ryan after the Wisconsin Republican announced his retirement.
Jordan has been a passionate advocate for unborn babies, as well as efforts to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood, which performs about 320,000 abortions and reaps in about $500 million tax dollars annually. The House had previously approved a bill to defund Planned Parenthood but the Senate was not able to muster enough votes to approve it as all Democrats opposed it along with a handful of Republicans. Thus, there was no ability to defund Planned Parenthood in the omnibus.
Back in 2015, Jordan also was one of the lawmakers who questioned Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards about selling aborted baby parts. The U.S. Congressional hearing was held soon after the Center for Medical Progress released its first several videos exposing the abortion chain’s baby body parts trade.
“If the videos were selectively edited, if this was entrapment, all untrue, then why did you apologize?” Jordan asked, referring to Richards’ statements after the first video was released.
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Richards refused to give a direct answer.
Though Ryan received criticism from some pro-lifers during his tenure, he actually did make pro-life legislation a priority in the U.S. House. However, the legislation died in the U.S. Senate because there were not enough votes.
Under Ryan’s leadership, the U.S. House passed many pro-life bills, including several to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider, a ban on late-term abortions after 20 weeks and more. However, the Senate fell a few vote short of passing the legislation defunding Planned Parenthood.