(CNSNews.com) - "We'd like to be able to exercise the power of the purse more effectively," Rep. Paul Ryan told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night. And if Republicans take control of the Senate, "we can do that," he added.
Ryan was responding to Hannity's question about how Congress can stop the president from granting "executive amnesty" to millions more illegal aliens.
"Well, first of all, it's unconstitutional," Ryan replied. "So we're already going through the court system on other unconstitutional executive orders that he has worked on, and we would add this to the pile.
"Second of all, if we can get the power of the purse, we will explore every option that we can to exercise that power of the purse to get this executive to honor the Constitution."
In September 2013, the GOP did try to delay or defund parts of Obamacare in a continuing resolution, but the Democrat-led Senate refused to pass the bill, resulting in a 16-day government shutdown that Democrats blamed on Republicans. Republicans blinked first, and the defunding language was stripped out of the bill.
Even if Republicans end up controlling both the House and the Senate, President Obama could still veto any bill defunding Obamacare or other elements of his liberal agenda.
Ryan believes that Republican control of the Senate would stop Obama's agenda: "We stop him from stacking the courts with liberal progressives that could never get a bipartisan vote, from stacking regulatory agencies with liberals that can never get a bipartisan vote. That's what getting the Senate does to begin with.
"But then we also give the president the luxury to make a decision or two. Put bills on the desk, Keystone pipeline, securing the border, things that we pass out of the House that go nowhere because of Harry Reid and the Senate.
"We passed over 380 bills dealing with things like border security, job security, energy policy, Keystone pipeline, and they go nowhere in the Senate. And 380-plus bills sitting in the Senate collecting dust because Harry Reid won't pass them. And if we do get the Senate, we can put those bills on his desk."