Not that Ryan stood much of a chance with the group anyway.
The CDC was one of the founders of Hollywood Health & Society, a program of the Norman Lear Center at USC. The program gives entertainment industry professionals free consultations on their television programs and movies so that any health-related plots reflect “accurate and timely information....”
The CDC at that point was giving the Los Angeles-based program about $191,000 a year, according to published reports, and spent as much as $406,000 one prior year. But Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican who is now Mitt Romney's running mate, got the House of Representatives to agree by a voice vote to cut the program from the CDC’s 2008 budget. He described the outlay as “clearly an expense that should have been covered by the successful, for-profit television shows, not by our hard-earned tax dollars.”