Are you tired of winning? Maybe that’s something we should be asking those across the aisle.
The new $1 trillion spending bill, set to be voted on and finalized later this week, is a huge win for Democrats. Among other things, the proposed legislation does not touch funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider. Each year, this “healthcare” giant takes approximately 323,999 unborn lives and receives more than $500 million in taxpayer funds.
As expected, pro-lifers are none too happy that the bipartisan agreement, supposedly a “win” for Democrats and Republicans, doesn’t address PP funding.
Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America:
“It’s beyond frustrating that Congress is poised to pass a government funding bill that continues to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor and the subject of over a dozen criminal referrals from committees in both the House and Senate. The Republican Party is the only party with an anti-abortion platform and whose candidates ran specifically on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood, yet, here we are, watching them pass a bill that funds Planned Parenthood even though they control the House, Senate, and White House.
“More innocent lives will be lost at the hands of Planned Parenthood because of broken promises. If Congress refuses to protect women and babies through passage of a healthcare bill that defunds Planned Parenthood or a reconciliation bill that does the same, it will be a betrayal that the GOP will find extensively difficult to overcome when they go back to pro-lifers with the same promises in the next campaign.”
While campaigning, Donald Trump exclaimed he would not only defund Planned Parenthood, he would shut down the government to achieve it. He said as much on the Hugh Hewitt show in August 2015, as reported by Politico.
Asked directly by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt if it’s worth shutting down the federal government to strip Planned Parenthood’s $528 million in government funding, Trump replied: “I would.” And Trump blamed Cruz’s colleagues for abandoning him during the fight to defund Obamacare two years ago.
“If the Republicans stuck together you could have done it with Obamacare also, but the Republicans decided not to stick together and they left a few people out there like Ted Cruz,” Trump said. “If they had stuck together they wold have won that battle. I think you have to in this case [on Planned Parenthood] also, yes.”
How different things look now. Candidate Trump said he would drain the swamp. President Trump leans more toward, “Oh, but the water feels so nice.”
Along with not touching Planned Parenthood funding, the proposed spending bill also keeps its hands off funding for sanctuary cities. It’s a great day to be an illegal alien in “need” of an abortion. However, if you’re someone hoping for change in Republican-controlled Washington, don’t hold your breath.