It was during his press conference yesterday that our esteemed Speaker of House, John ‘Boner’, actually refused to say whether or not the Republican-majority House will allow federal funding of Planned Parenthood in fiscal 2016, which starts on Oct. 1. So I’ve got ask you, just what good is this guy? ‘Boner’ was asked: “By September 30, the House needs to pass a bill to fund HHS for fiscal year 2016. Will that law–whether it’s a stand-alone appropriations or a CR–fund Planned Parenthood?” To which he responded, “Listen, the Planned Parenthood issue is under review of two of our committees.” So is the fact that this barbaric activity is now under review by two committees supposed to make me feel better?
‘Boner’ continued by saying, “Listen, I’ve seen these two videos.” And he went on to say, “They’re gruesome, and I think they’re awful,” in reference to two undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress that appear to show Planned Parenthood officials negotiating over the transfer of tissue and organs from aborted babies. He went on to say, “That’s why the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Judiciary Committee are doing an investigation.” He would go on to add, “I expect we will have hearings, and the more we learn, the more it will educate our decisions in the future.” Ok, so what else needs to be learned? I’ve seen the videos, they’re pretty self-explanatory.
A moment later during this very same press conference another reporter asked, “Are you going to use the appropriations process to gut Planned Parenthood?” And ‘Boner’ responded by saying, “There is an investigation under way, and I expect there will be hearings. And as that process develops, we’ll make decisions based on — based on the facts. But let’s get the facts first.” Get the facts straight? Is that not the typical kind of response that we have come to expect from this useless shit. All he has to do in order to get his “facts straight” is to watch either of these very disturbing videos. This should be a cut and dried issue and yet, once again, our gutless Republicans refuse to take any action.
According to its most recent financial report, for 2013-14, Planned Parenthood received $528.4 Million in government funding (grants and reimbursements) in 2014. In fiscal 2013, the organization performed 327,653 abortions, the report said. If Congress included language in the law funding HHS, or in a continuing resolution funding numerous government agencies, that prohibited federal funding from going to Planned Parenthood, the administration could not give federal funds to Planned Parenthood. Ultimately, Planned Parenthood cannot receive federal funding in fiscal 2016 unless the House agrees to allow it. But it remains uncertain if any such action will ultimately be taken.
Does ‘Boner’ actually think this is why he was handed the largest House majority since before the Great Depression and the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt? The last time the GOP enjoyed such a majority was the 71st Congress in 1929 and 1930. And, yet, what has been accomplished? And while the GOP majority in the Senate may not be veto proof, it is still sizable enough to at least slow Barry’s progress. And yet nothing has been done thus far that matches any of the many promises that were made during so many 2014 congressional campaigns. Republicans had but a very short window of opportunity upon taking control, and they have done little more than to very badly squander their time thus far.
Far from making good on any of the promises made throughout the 2014 campaign, promises to expend every effort to put a stop to Barry’s wholesale destruction of this country, Republicans in Congress have tuned out to be some of Barry’s most potent allies. Over the past few years many have accused Barry of being incompetent, but what he has been is very purposeful. Meanwhile it has been our Republicans in Congress who can said to be guilty of monumental ineptness, driven, at least in part, by some rather impressive egos. And so much time has now been wasted that there is likely not enough time left to recover even if that was something being seriously considered. Which, apparently, it is not!