House conservatives seek Planned Parenthood amendment for spending bill

House conservatives seek Planned Parenthood amendment for spending bill
© Greg Nash

A group of House conservatives plan to offer an amendment to the must-pass government spending bill that would block funding for Planned Parenthood.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told The Hill on Tuesday he is among several Republicans who will co-sponsor the amendment, which he hopes will be attached to a vote on the spending bill, likely Wednesday.

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“We’re going to have an amendment in the Rules Committee that [Rep. Mick] Mulvaney is sponsoring, and a number of us are co-sponsoring, that would say, no money should go to this organization. It should go to community health centers,” Jordan said in an interview, which took place during a break from the House Oversight Committee’s hearing on Planned Parenthood.

Jordan, along with about 30 of his House GOP colleagues, has led the fight to defund Planned Parenthood through this fall’s must-pass government spending bill, which could lead to a second government shutdown in three years. That attempt has been rejected by GOP leaders, though.

A separate amendment to defund Planned Parenthood — while almost certain to fail without broader GOP support — would allow the more hardline House Republicans to put their votes on record against funding Planned Parenthood.

The amendment would have to be approved by the House Rules Committee, which will take up the 10-week funding bill after it is cleared by the Senate, likely on Tuesday.