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CRAMER: House Approves Bill Blocking HHS Family Planning Regulation

Feb 16, 2017
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 16, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a joint resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives today disapproving a Department of  Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation limiting state choices on dispersing funds for family planning clinics.  The resolution, which Cramer co-sponsored, passed by a vote of 230 to 188.

H.J. Res 43 blocks an Obama Administration regulation which was finalized last December limiting state choices on Title X funding for family planning and related services to low-income individuals in local communities. The regulation prevents states from eliminating abortion providers from Title X grant distributions and was widely perceived as an attempt by the Obama Administration to require states to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. Prior to the December regulation, states had the ability to provide Title X funds at their discretion, and could choose to only provide grant funding to healthcare providers that did not provide abortion services.

Cramer said states should retain the right to decide how federal funding for family planning should be used in their communities.  “This bill will again give states authority to use Title X money for other health care providers, including community health centers and hospitals that offer a full range of health care services, including family planning, but do not perform abortions,” he said. “The American people have supported Congress for more than 30 years in its efforts to prevent their tax dollars from being used to pay for abortions, and this legislation returns authority to states to carry out these wishes in their disbursement of federal funds.”

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) provides an expedited legislative process for Congress to disapprove of administrative rules through joint disapproval resolutions. Regulations issued by executive branch departments and agencies, independent agencies and commissions are subject to CRA disapproval resolutions.  Under this law, there is a 60-day period in which to pass a resolution of disapproval from when the rule is reported to Congress.  When both the Senate and House pass a disapproval resolution that is signed by the President, the rule either does not go into effect or is considered as not having gone into effect.

Organizations supporting H.J. Res 43 include, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; American Life League; Anglicans for Life; Bound4LIFE International; CareNet; Catholic Medical Association; Christian Medical Association; Citizens Against Government Waste; Concerned Women for America; Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; Faith and Freedom Coalition; Family Research Council; Focus on the Family; Heritage Action; Liberty Counsel Action; Life Issues Institute; Life Legal Defense Foundation; Live Action; March for Life Action; National Black Pro-Life Union; National Right to Life; Radiance Foundation; STOPP International; Susan B. Anthony List; and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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