Bachmann, Toomey, & Coburn Tell House GOP To Drop Planned Parenthood Rider

Well this is interesting:

Toomey on MSNBC: “I think what we should do is cut spending as much as we can, get the policy changes that we can, but move on, because there are other, bigger battles that we are fighting,” he said yesterday.

Coburn on MSNBC: “And my recommendation to my friends in the House is, you know, it’s highly unlikely that many riders are going to get passed with a Democrat president and a Democrat Senate, so why don’t you take the spending and let’s get on to the budget,” he said Wednesday.

Bachmann on CNN: “I think what we should do is cut spending as much as we can, get the policy changes that we can, but move on, because there are other, bigger battles that we are fighting,” she told CNN’s John King yesterday. “I think that we should have a clean bill that makes sure that the paychecks get to the troops on time.

I don’t share the opinion of these three on abortion, but I also don’t think that giving money to Planned Parenthood for any reason is a proper function of government. At the same time, they’re right in saying that this isn’t a hill to die on.

 

FILED UNDER: Congress, Deficit and Debt, Quick Takes, US Politics
Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. And what happened next?
    Well in Whoville they say
    The Tea Party’s brains
    Grew three sizes that day.

  2. Hey Norm says:

    We shouldn’t be giving money to Planned Parenthood. We also shouldn’t be giving money to religious organizations….through tax-exempt status. I wonder if anyone has a handle on what that lump of money adds up to?

  3. G.A.Phillips says:

    Cowards!!!

  4. matt says:

    I don’t share the opinion of these three on abortion, but I also don’t think that giving money to Planned Parenthood for any reason is a proper function of government.

    So you don’t think it’s a good idea to help fund one of the few places people can get their reproductive health needs addressed? In my semi rural area of 400,000 the only way to get birth control pap smears and STD at a reasonable cost are at the local Planned Parenthood. Yet you find the concept of helping to fund this to be offensive??? So you’re saying you don’t approve of poor people having access to reproductive health care? Well at least you’re consistent with your refusal to assist poor people in having heath care in general then…

  5. matt says:

    According to Planned Parenthood officials, more than 90 percent of the health care services provided by the organization is preventive in nature. Each year, it provides more than one million cervical cancer screenings, 830,000 breast exams, and nearly four million exams, treatments, and tests involving sexually transmitted diseases. The federal funding received by the organization goes strictly toward these basic needs and others, such as birth control and annual exams. In fact, just three percent of its work is related to abortion.

    Oh lordie them lying baby killers1!!!

  6. Axel Edgren says:

    Typical republicans – if you can’t destroy Roe v. Wade, take hostages as often as possible and sabotage everything whenever you get a chance to inflict some damage or wounds, whether it actually gets you closer to the goal. Sort of like terrorism.

    I am very happy to see them relent on their vendetta against a contraceptive-offering, pill-distributing, sex-educating and abortion-related agency. Their pathetic little Christian hearts must ache. HAHAHAHAAH you made God disappointed and now you might go to hell!

  7. G.A.Phillips says:

    You people are sad……

  8. bizz says:

    Way to go, Doug Mataconis!! Hard-hitting reporting at its best! Funny that you didn’t notice that Bachmann and Toomey’s responses were almost word-for-word identical. It’s almost as is Republicans are being dictated to by a higher authority. I wonder who that could be….