The House Freedom Caucus has announced that it will oppose any spending bill that grants taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.
The House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers, has announced that it will oppose any spending bill that grants taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.
In a statement, members of the group said:
Given the appalling revelations surrounding Planned Parenthood, we cannot in good moral conscience vote to send taxpayer money to this organization while still fulfilling our duty to represent our constituents. We must therefore oppose any spending measure that contains funding for Planned Parenthood.
Lawmakers have until the end of the month to pass a spending bill in order to avoid a government shutdown.
The White House has indicated that the president will veto a bill that defunds Planned Parenthood, and Senate leadership has indicated that they feel the effort is therefore unproductive.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Politico that the conservative lawmakers’ effort is “an exercise in futility.”
McConnell said he is “anxious” to stop distributing funds to Planned Parenthood but “the honest answer of that is that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view.”
“It’s better to be honest with the American people and say, ‘That won’t get it done.’”
He added that suggestions to the contrary are “misleading people into thinking it’s possible” to defund the organization.
The Daily Signal previously reported that House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, also indicated he isn’t willing to risk a government shutdown to defund Planned Parenthood.
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