Way down deep, Dems want folks hooked on gov't largess
It will come as a shock to no one that Democrats on Capitol Hill are united in opposing the Republican tax reform bill – but why they're doing it may come as a surprise.
Congress is on a path to reverse a last-minute gift from former President Obama to Planned Parenthood.
On Thursday, the U.S. House took up – and passed on a 230-188 vote – a resolution to reverse the Obama edict that says states cannot deny funding to federal "family-planning" groups such as Planned Parenthood that also perform abortions. Congressman Jim Banks (R-Indiana) yesterday spoke on the House floor in support of H.J. Res. 43.
"In December, the Obama administration finalized a misguided rule which dictates that states must send Title X family planning grant money to abortion-providers," he stated. "Even more, this rule also threatens to deprive non-compliant states of all Title X family planning funds."
Congressman Tom Rooney (R-Florida) also rose in favor of the resolution to overturn the rule, noting that 13 states took the federal dollars away from the abortion organization.
"What people seem to forget," he said, "is that for every one Planned Parenthood facility in the United States there are 20 federally funded community health centers that stand ready and eager to provide health services to women that don't perform abortions."
He added that the decision on where funds go should be in the hands of the states.
Democrats argued that stripping the money from Planned Parenthood would deprive women of badly needed health services. But many of the community centers provide far more health services for women than Planned Parenthood.
In fact, Congressman Diane Black (R-Tennessee) told the House the state she represents has distributed those funds to local clinics instead of Planned Parenthood for six years.
"And if you were to ask these women what they thought about services that they're getting in these other facilities, such as the Department of Health and federally qualified health centers, you would see they're very satisfied because they get comprehensive services – services that go beyond what places like Planned Parenthood can even provide for them," she shared.
The House vote was essentially along party lines. Two Republicans (Charles Dent of Pennsylvania and John Faso of New York) voted against the resolution, while two Democrats (Daniel Lipinski of Illinois and Collin Peterson of Minnesota) voted for it. The resolution has been sent to the Senate for a vote.
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