October 22, 2015 — The House Rules Committee on Wednesday approved a set of rules (H. Res. 483) for legislation (HR 3762) that would defund Planned Parenthood and repeal several provisions in the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) by using the budget reconciliation process, CQ News reports (Attias, CQ News, 10/21).
The move to defund Planned Parenthood comes after the antiabortion-rights group Center for Medical Progress earlier this year released a series of misleading videos targeting the organization's fetal tissue donation program.
Planned Parenthood has stated that the videos were heavily edited and that the filmed officials did not conduct any illegal activities. The organization said it does not profit from fetal tissue donations and only receives reimbursement for costs associated with such donations, which is legal. Planned Parenthood last month submitted a report to Congress that found that videos were manipulated, making them unreliable for official inquiries into the organization (Women's Health Policy Report, 9/30).
Through budget reconciliation, certain legislation can advance in the Senate with a simple majority vote (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/1).
The part of the reconciliation measure that targets Planned Parenthood would end federal funding for the organization for one year (CQ News, 10/21). According to the Congressional Budget Office, that amounts to about $390 million in Medicaid funds. Meanwhile, the measure would add $235 million in funding for community health centers (Women's Health Policy Report, 10/1).
According to Politico Pro, the measure likely will receive a floor vote on Friday (Ehley, Politico Pro, 10/22). If approved, it will be sent to the Senate (Ferris, The Hill, 10/21).
Meanwhile, the White House on Wednesday said it would veto the bill (Politico Pro, 10/22).