Last week, Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romeny, announced that he chose Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis, to be his running mate. Curious about Ryan’s position on some hot-button social issues? Here are some facts:
- He is Anti-Choice – Ryan cosponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that: “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” Basically, if the bill passed, abortions would be considered murder.
- His Budget Slashes funding for Pell Grants – Ryan’s budget plan – A Roadmap for America’s Future – reduces spending for Pell Grants, which help millions of low-income students pay for college each year, by 19 percent. According to Washington Post economist Ezra Klein, 19 percent translates into $12 billion in cuts.
- He Plans to Cut other “Entitlement Spending” – Ryan’s budget plan also proposes a “partially privatized” plan for Social Security and Medicare.
- He is in favor of Extending the Bush-Era Tax Cuts – The 2001 and 2003 cuts were meant to be temporary reductions in tax rates for all Americans, but there has been some debate over who these cuts really benefit. Many Democrats – including President Obama – argue that the wealthiest citizens and corporations benefit the most and should no longer receive a tax break.
- His Position on LGBT Rights is Unclear – Like Romeny, Ryan’s support of LGBT Rights has wavered. During his time in Congress, Ryan voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a protection against job bias based on sexual orientation. However, he also supported legislation that would prevent gays and lesbians in the District of Columbia from adopting children. He also opposed establishing a domestic partnership registry.
- BUT He is Against Marriage Equality – Ryan has gone on the record stating that he is for “traditional marriage.” He also voted for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) twice and against the recent repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
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