Pence on Budget Deal: ‘Probably Not Good Enough for Me to Support It’
(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said the budget compromise that was forged late on Friday between House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was a "good deal," yet also indicated it was "probably not good enough" for him to support when it comes up for a vote in the House of Representatives this week.
"From what I know, it sounds like John Boehner got a good deal -- probably not good enough for me to support it," Pence said Sunday on ABC's This Week.
Earlier, Pence, on Fox News’ Hannity show on Apr. 8, said that a government shutdown would be preferable to budget cuts that were too small.
“If liberals in the Senate and if this administration want to force a government shutdown instead of accepting 2 percent in cuts in this year’s budget then, you know, I say shut it down,” said Pence.
Additionally, the budget agreement on Friday did not include a rider sponsored by Pence that would have prevented any federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood.
“It’s nonsense to say that Republicans were willing to shut down the government over this,” said Pence in the ABC interview. “What was clear here is that this administration and liberals in Congress were willing to shut the government down to continue to fund abortion providers in this country. That’s the bottom line.”
Pence’s office said it had nothing further to add beyond the comments made on ABC’s This Week.
On Friday night House Republicans reached an agreement with President Obama and Senate Democrats that would cut $38.5 billion and fund the government through Thursday, when a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year will come up for a vote.
Planned Parenthood nationwide performs an average 910 abortions every day. According to a fact sheet released by Planned Parenthood last month, the group did 332,278 abortions in 2009. That equals an average of 910 abortions per day—or about 38 per hour, or one every 95 seconds.
Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report, meanwhile, says that the group received $363.2 million in government grants and contracts in its fiscal year that ended in June 2009. Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Tait Sye recently told Bloomberg Businessweek that 90 percent of that $363.2 million came directly from the federal government or from Medicaid, a federal-state program. Thus, Planned Parenthood received about $326.88 million from federal programs in 2009.
Though the hundreds of millions in federal tax dollars Planned Parenthood receives annually theoretically are not supposed to be used to pay for the hundreds of thousands of abortions the group does each year, the fact remains that the approximately $326.88 million Planned Parenthood received from federal programs in 2009 equaled about $932 per abortion it performed.