Huelskamp on Budget Cuts: Planned Parenthood Is A ‘Good Place to Start’
(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said he supports efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal level, and when looking to cut the federal budget, he said, Planned Parenthood is "one good place to start.”
“You would think out of a $3.7 trillion dollar budget, we could find somewhere to cut and certainly that’s one good place to start,” Huelskamp told CNSNews.com at a Capitol Hill media event on Tuesday.
During a monthly media briefing with a small group of House conservatives in which Huelskamp referenced the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, CNSNews.com asked, “Congressman Huelskamp, following up on that, whether a budget comes out first in the House or Senate this spring, will you seek to strip out funding for Planned Parenthood?”
Huelskamp said, “I will, but that will be in the appropriations process. There have been two bills introduced by two congresswomen in the House. There’ll still be an effort -- Mike Pence, is obviously now governor of Indiana -- and so there will be a continued effort.”
“You would think out of a $3.7 trillion dollar budget, we could find somewhere to cut and certainly that’s one good place to start,” he said.
CNSNews.com followed up, “If any finalized version of a budget does include funding for that, will you support it, or vote against it?”
Huelskamp said, “Well, with the budget, there’s two things going on. One is the budget doesn’t specify anything other than numbers on a page, then it will go through various appropriations bills.”
He continued, “The problem we’ve had, far too often is appropriations bills haven’t even come out of a committee and haven’t had a chance to [be] debated on the Floor, but I presume we’ll have a full debate on that and I presume the House will continue its policy of defunding Planned Parenthood. But again, that’s one specific part of one appropriations bill.”
On Jan. 4th, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced HR 61 which would prevent the Department of Health and Human Services from providing federal funds to “abortion businesses” such as Planned Parenthood, unless the organization proves it no longer performs or refers for abortions.
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) re-introduced on Jan. 4 HR 217, entitled the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, initially introduced by former Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
If enacted, HR 217—which currently has 48 co-sponsors in the House-- would prohibit family planning grants from going to abortion providers.
CNSNews.com reported earlier this month that Planned Parenthood performed 333,964 abortions during fiscal year 2011, which works out to an average of one abortion every 94 seconds.