Today on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) spoke with CNN about gun legislation, immigration, budgets and more. Highlights from this interview are after the jump; a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html.
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CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper sat down with Speaker of the House John Boehner today for an exclusive interview that aired during The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4pm ET. A transcript of the interview is after the jump.
On the administration consulting with congress ahead of any potential action on Syria:
“I would hope that he would reach out to the Congress so that we could be part of that process.”
On gun legislation:
“They should actually do a real background check on everyone. And they - the Department of Justice ought to enforce the law… laws don't mean much if they're not going to be enforced.”
On being the highest-ranking American official on American soil for about 20 minutes Tuesday:
“I was the Speaker of the House. That's why I say prayers for President Obama and Vice President Biden every day… I don't want to be president. This is not anything I've ever thought about.”
Boehner on Obama’s remarks about congress this morning:
“So much for the charm offensive [laughter]… I’d rather be heckled than ignored. Or as I like to say, you only tease the ones you love.”
Embeddable video via CNN.com/TheLead:
During her CPAC speech, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of abusing the White House budget. Bachman talked about the lavish $1.4 billion budget which she claims includes a dog walker, five chefs on Air Force One and projection operators.
Keeping Them Honest, Dana Bash tracked her down and asked where she got her information. She raced away and below is the video
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on two momentous cases: same-sex marriage in California and the Defense of Marriage Act, which would deny pension, Social Security and tax benefits to gay and lesbian couples.
Last week, CNN Opinion launched a special op-ed series on the topic, including a piece by award-winning reporter and the network's first full-time Opinion writer John Sutter. He writes that this country has “50 Americas” when it comes to rules on marriage, employment and legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens. He also traveled to a county in the U.S. where the Census reported no gay residents. Providing other commentary, Princeton professor Robert George does not believe in same-sex marriage because marriage should be “fulfilled by procreation and family life.” CNN Contributor Donna Brazile says that the Clintons say to overturn DOMA, and hopes the Supreme Court justices will vote to do so. Marc Stern asks if gay rights infringes on religious liberties.
In addition to op-eds, CNN Digital created an interactive that allows users to take a quiz to see which state most closely mirrors their own values on LGBT issues.