Oversight chairman tears up in opening remarks on Planned Parenthood

The head of the House Oversight Committee began to tear up in the first minute of a hearing on Tuesday into Planned Parenthood’s federal funding.

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Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzFormer chairman appears at House Oversight contempt debate Former chairman appears at House Oversight contempt debate Republicans spend more than million at Trump properties MORE (R-Utah) choked up as he discussed his wife’s career helping women get screened for cancer, recounting the deaths of both his parents to the disease.

“At the risk of getting a little personal,” he said, pausing during an emotional moment, swarmed by photographers.   

We don’t spend enough on cancer. We don’t spend enough. We need to spend more,” he said as he began to attack Planned Parenthood, which receives about a half-billion dollars in federal funding each year.

Does this organization, Planned Parenthood, really need federal subsidies?” he asked.

Chaffetz’s opening remarks, which went over the allotted time, marked the start of a highly anticipated hearing, which drew massive crowds. 

The chief of Planned Parenthood makes her first public appearance on Capitol Hill, facing the wrath of House Republicans who have spent months investigating the group.

Its president and CEO, Cecile Richards, will take the stand — solo — before the House Oversight Committee at the apex of a GOP-led budget showdown over funding her organization.