House GOP targets abortion in HHS spending bill

It also cuts off funding to Planned Parenthood, and denies funding for the Medicare Advantage plan if the Health and Human Services Department denies participation in that program to entities that play no role in abortion procedures.

The bill, H.R. 3070, was introduced last week by Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), who chairs the House Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. However, the bill is not currently scheduled to move, in large part because House GOP leaders are looking to cut spending beyond what's outlined in the bill.

Rehberg's bill would set discretionary funding at $153.4 billion, down $4 billion from FY 2011. However, GOP leaders are looking to spend about $140 billion on these program, which means Rehberg's bill might not be the final bill to come forward.

The bill also includes other controversial policy riders. It would defund last year's healthcare law completely until the Supreme Court has ruled on it, and limit the ability of the National Labor Relations Board to regulate companies.

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