Congressman Tin Huelskamp is dishing the straight skinny. He says he believes the Republicans are sure sounding like they’ll wimp out on the Planned Parenthood funding issue. Ya’ think?
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) said on Wednesday that he feared Congress would continue to fund Planned Parenthood, despite the recent revelations from undercover videos showing the organization’s medical staff discussing harvesting and selling organs from aborted babies.
“The question is whether we fund [Planned Parenthood] next year,” Huelskamp said at the monthly Conversations with Conservatives on Capitol Hill. “Will the Republican Congress fund Planned Parenthood to continue their despicable, gruesome, vile, racist activities?
“That’s the question, and I fear the answer will be yes, because we’re not going to do anything,” he said.
CNSNews.com asked Huelskamp and other Republicans at the event whether defunding Planned Parenthood was “a talking point” or would lawmakers actually be able to accomplish that goal.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said that Republicans have discussed making a point about how much they have done for the pro-life movement in the past.
“To me, what that means is we’re setting up for surrender,” Mulvaney said. “If you don’t want to talk about what you want to do next week and instead you want to talk about what you did last week, it means you’re afraid to do anything next week.”
On Friday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced on the House floor that the it will consider two bills related to the Planned Parenthood scandal. One, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015 or H.R. 3134 sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), would suspend any federal funds to the nation’s largest abortion provider until the investigation by three House committees into the video matter is complete.
Look, nobody said defunding Planned Parenthood is going to be easy. This is the red line for Democrats. Not like the “red line” that Obama said the Syrians couldn’t cross with chemical weapons that meant nothing. This is the real red line for Democrats. And they know Republicans aren’t willing to shut down the government over this issue so they’re going into the fight with their hands up. Until defunding Planned Parenthood is as important to us as funding death is to Democrats we’re going to lose.