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McCollum Offers Amendment to Defund Select Committee to Target Planned Parenthood

May 17, 2016
Press Release

Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) today offered an amendment in the House Appropriations Committee to ensure no additional taxpayer dollars are spent on the Select Investigative Panel of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, informally known as the Select Committee to Target Planned Parenthood. Congresswoman McCollum’s amendment would have struck funding for the panel from the Legislative Branch appropriations bill; it was defeated on a 28-20 vote.

“This panel is a shameful abuse of Congressional power, a complete waste of time, and a total waste of money,” Congresswoman McCollum said. “It is conducting a partisan inquisition with no other purpose than to go after an organization that even Donald Trump says ‘has done very good work for many, many – for millions of women.’”

In March, Trump – the presumptive Republican nominee for President – defended the organization, saying, "Look, Planned Parenthood has done very good work for many, many -- for millions of women."