18 Republicans pledge to oppose any bill funding Planned Parenthood

18 Republicans pledge to oppose any bill funding Planned Parenthood
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Eighteen House conservatives told GOP leaders Thursday that they will not support any measure to fund the government if it continues to fund Planned Parenthood.

“We must act to fully defund Planned Parenthood,” they wrote in a letter obtained by The Hill. “Please know that we cannot and will not support any funding resolution — an appropriations bill, an omnibus package, a continuing resolution, or otherwise — that contains any funding for Planned Parenthood, including mandatory funding streams.”

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The letter was addressed to Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who all have expressed concern about several leaked videos that show Planned Parenthood officials caught on hidden cameras discussing aborted fetal tissue.

“It is imperative that Congress do everything within its power to investigate these reports and take immediate action to stop them,” the Republicans wrote, adding that they want leadership to hold a conference meeting as soon as possible to discuss the GOP’s plan.

The letter was signed by Reps. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), John FlemingJohn FlemingCoast Guard suspends search for missing Ohio plane Freedom Caucus member to bring up bill on impeaching IRS chief GOP seeks to make it 52 MORE (R-La.), Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), Matt SalmonMatt SalmonSchumer tells Sinema he's backing her in Ariz. Senate race Comey fallout weighs on the GOP Conservative activists want action from Trump MORE (R-Ariz.) Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), Trey GowdyTrey GowdyGowdy: Sarah Sanders doesn't get say whether Comey broke the law Trump condemns Rice's unmasking: 'What she did was wrong' Sessions, Coats push for permanent renewal of controversial surveillance law MORE (R-S.C.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), Jim BridenstineJim BridenstineTrump stacks administration with climate change skeptics Trump’s NASA pick deletes posts from social media: report Trump to tap House Republican as NASA chief: report MORE (R-Okla.), Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.), Randy WeberRandy WeberGOP worries as state Dems outperform in special elections How Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal House passes Trump deal on majority Democratic vote MORE (R-Texas), Scott Perry (R-N.J.), Steven Pearce (R-N.M.), Trent FranksTrent FranksGOP rep: North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Debt-ceiling gambit stirs GOP debate GOP rep shares story of brother with Down syndrome, condemns abortions MORE (R-Ariz.) and Louie GohmertLouie GohmertHow Republicans split on the Harvey aid, fiscal deal House passes Trump deal on majority Democratic vote Lawmakers press DOJ to help victims of Ponzi scheme MORE (R-Texas).

With 18 Republicans already ruling out support for a funding bill in September if it contains Planned Parenthood funding, it could create a problem for leaders as they seek to avoid a government shutdown in October.

While Democrats have also expressed concern about some of the videos, many have defended the organization and many likely would oppose a spending bill that defunds Planned Parenthood.

Congress must fund the government by Oct. 1, and GOP leaders are pointing to a continuing resolution (CR) that would extend current funding.

The House will have to wait until after its August recess to address the issue; lawmakers are leaving Washington on Wednesday evening and won’t return to Capitol Hill until early September.

The Senate, meanwhile, is scheduled to be in session for one more week and could vote Monday on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts MORE (R-Texas) said Wednesday.

Some GOP senators like Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) on Wednesday said they probably won’t support the legislation. Collins, for example, said Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of women’s services in her state.

Separate from the main appropriations package, Congress will have to pass before Oct. 1, Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackOvernight Finance: House passes .2T funding package for 2018 | FTC launches Equifax probe | Mnuchin defends honeymoon jet request | Floor vote on House Budget unlikely until October Overnight Finance: GOP plans to unveil tax framework in late September | Critical stretch for Trump tax team | Equifax CEO called to testify | Sanders unveils single-payer bill MORE (R-Tenn.) introduced a bill that would immediately block funding for Planned Parenthood until investigations have ended. Nearly 150 House Republicans back the measure.

John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate MORE and McCarthy have both expressed support for the effort to defund the group, but have not scheduled votes on legislation yet. Boehner has directed the House Energy and Commerce Committee to investigate the organization and the leaked videos.