Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., says Congress could target funding for Planned Parenthood using the  budget re­con­cili­ation pro­cess.

Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., says Congress could target funding for Planned Parenthood using the budget re­con­cili­ation pro­cess. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

With Shutdown Clock Ticking, House Republicans No Closer to Consensus

GOP leaders are now weighing multiple options for both funding the government and cracking down on Planned Parenthood.

House Re­pub­lic­ans emerged from an hour-long meet­ing Wed­nes­day even­ing no closer to a de­cision about how to fund the gov­ern­ment at month’s end while ad­dress­ing act­iv­ists’ con­cerns about chok­ing off fed­er­al fund­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood.

In fact, with just eight le­gis­lat­ive days to go be­fore a gov­ern­ment shut­down, more op­tions ex­ist than be­fore, mak­ing it un­clear where GOP lead­ers will find con­sensus in their con­fer­ence.

Lead­er­ship has been tout­ing us­ing the budget re­con­cili­ation pro­cess to tar­get fed­er­al fund­ing for the wo­men’s health or­gan­iz­a­tion. That has found some buy-in from some an­ti­abor­tion mem­bers who be­lieve that en­ga­ging in a fight that could end up shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment in the name of the an­ti­abor­tion cause could dam­age the move­ment.

“I think there’s a pos­sib­il­ity that that could be true,” said Rep. Trent Franks, asked wheth­er a shut­down could set back his cause. “In this case there is po­ten­tially one oth­er man­euver that could work,” he con­tin­ued, re­fer­ring to re­con­cili­ation.

That would make more sense, oth­er mem­bers ar­gued, be­cause much of the fund­ing for the group is man­dat­ory spend­ing through Medi­caid, which means it could not be re­ap­por­tioned in a dis­cre­tion­ary spend­ing bill. Rep. Tom Cole said a short-term con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion with a rider cut­ting off fund­ing for Planned Par­ent­hood would not work be­cause “the money’s already out the gate for this year.”

Still, hard­line mem­bers of the House Free­dom Caucus showed no signs of let­ting up in their ef­fort to in­clude in a con­tinu­ing res­ol­u­tion a meas­ure that would at­tempt to strip fed­er­al fund­ing from Planned Par­ent­hood.

Al­though the House will vote on a freest­and­ing bill that does so this week, the hard­line mem­bers think both that bill and re­con­cili­ation are dead-ends. They think that the only strategy to force Pres­id­ent Obama to sign a bill res­cind­ing Planned Par­ent­hood’s fund­ing would be to tie it to a must-pass spend­ing bill.

“I don’t un­der­stand that strategy, send­ing something to the pres­id­ent that he ve­toes,” Rep. Thomas Massie said. In­stead, he said, he would prefer to “write a CR that doesn’t fund Planned Par­ent­hood and send it to the pres­id­ent. If he ve­toes it he shuts down the gov­ern­ment.”

The de­sire to strip money from Planned Par­ent­hood comes after an act­iv­ist group re­leased sev­er­al un­der­cov­er videos they claim shows rep­res­ent­at­ives from the group dis­cuss­ing the sale of fetal tis­sue. Planned Par­ent­hood claims the video mis­rep­res­ents what is a leg­al prac­tice of donat­ing the tis­sue for re­search.

Still, oth­er mem­bers called for the con­fer­ence to scale back its am­bi­tions and tar­get the prac­tice in­stead of the or­gan­iz­a­tion.

“We don’t care who’s do­ing all this hor­rible stuff, we just want it stopped,” said Rep. John Carter, an ap­pro­pri­at­or. He said the con­fer­ence dis­cussed wheth­er they could write bills crack­ing down on the sale of fetal tis­sue without singling out Planned Par­ent­hood.

Mod­er­ate Rep. Charlie Dent offered an al­tern­at­ive to that ef­fect, which he said would put a morator­i­um on fund­ing to sev­en Planned Par­ent­hood clin­ics be­ing in­vest­ig­ated for al­legedly selling fetal tis­sue, in­stead of cut­ting off fund­ing for the or­gan­iz­a­tion across the board.

“I don’t think it’s go­ing to get con­sidered at this mo­ment, but I raised it,” he con­ceded. “I still think it’s a very flu­id situ­ation.”

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