When Trump was elected president, he knew he was going to face opposition. What he didn’t know was he would have to face it from the GOP.
Trump first promised to repeal and replace Obamacare. He tried, Ryan failed him.
He promised to “build a great, great wall on our southern border” and “have Mexico pay for that wall”.
Many plans have come forward that would have Mexico footing the bill. Yet, none have been passed.
Two months before his election showdown with Hillary, Trump wrote a letter to pro-life leaders.
“As we head into the final stretch of the campaign, the help of leaders like you is essential to ensure that pro-life voters know where I stand, and also know where my opponent, Hillary Clinton, stands.
“I am committed to: … Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.”
Trump has used his executive authority to reinstate the Mexico City policy, which denies federal funding to organizations that provide or promote abortions abroad. But in order to deny funding here on our home turf, he needs Congress to help him.
According to the Congressional Research Service, the Government Accountability Office determined that Planned Parenthood Federation of America affiliates received $400.56 million in Medicaid reimbursements in both federal and state dollars in 2012. Planned Parenthood affiliates, according to GAO, also spent $64.35 million in federal Title X funding in 2012.
With the April 28th deadline to pass a new government funding bill looming over them, you would think the border wall and Planned Parenthood funding would be on the table.
You would be wrong.
As of now, there is no talk over defunding Planned Parenthood.
If this stays, they will continue to receive their $400.56 million check.
But there is talk that it will not include the language that President Trump has requested to provide $1.4 billion to begin his project to build “a great, great wall on our southern border.”
The Republican House can pass and send to the Republican Senate a bill that funds the border wall but not Planned Parenthood. Or they can pass one that funds Planned Parenthood but not the border wall.
The former course of action would fulfill the campaign promises that got their president elected. The latter would appease congressional Democrats and the liberal press.
We thought that we had a pro-life, pro-border Congress. Now, we aren’t so sure.