Christie tells GOP to defund Planned Parenthood
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Congress should go ahead and vote to defund Planned Parenthood, even though Republicans know President Obama would veto the bill, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said on Sunday.

Christie, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, said it is important for the Republican majorities in the House and Senate to show voters that they do not want any federal funding to go to the health clinic federation, which provides abortions.


He told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday that he is frustrated that Republican lawmakers have not acted on Planned Parenthood, an ObamaCare replacement or tax reform.

“We gave them majorities in 2010 in the House and then in 2014 in the Senate, and they’ve done nothing with them. They need to do some things,” Christie said.

“Now, if the president’s going to veto them, that’s the president’s choice. But at least let the American people know who the obstructionist is.”

Christie’s comments came amid continuing uproar about videos that Planned Parenthood foes say show that the organization sells aborted fetal tissue for profit.

“Let the American people see that he stands with the folks who believe that the systematic murder of children in the womb, in a way that preserves the body parts to be sold on the open market for profit is something that he stands for,” he said.

In August, Christie said the GOP should not cause a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding, since “we didn’t do too well when we shut down the government last time.”

He didn’t disagree with that Sunday, but he was forceful in his opinion that the GOP needs to take more action.

The House voted Friday to stop federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood and its network.