With Women’s Health Riders, Republicans Throw Wrench In Otherwise Smooth Budget Talks
Democrats are opposed to new additions to the fiscal 2018 Labor-Health and Human Services funding measure that target Planned Parenthood and other reproductive health programs.
Planned Parenthood Defunding Threatens Government Spending Package
House Republicans are demanding a series of controversial abortion and health care policies in the annual health spending bill, setting up a showdown with Democrats and threatening passage of an omnibus spending package to keep the government open. Democrats are vowing to block the slew of long-sought conservative priorities. The riders would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, eliminate a federal family planning program and ax the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, according to sources on Capitol Hill. Republicans also want to insert a new prohibition on funding research that uses human fetal tissue obtained after an abortion. (Haberkorn and Ferris, 3/7)
House Conservatives Brace For ObamaCare Payments In Funding Bill
House conservatives are bracing for ObamaCare payments to be included in a coming government funding bill, despite their opposition. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Wednesday that he expects the controversial ObamaCare payments aimed at stabilizing markets to be included in the omnibus government funding bill, which must pass by March 23 to avoid a shutdown. (Sullivan, 3/7)