(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Congressional leaders reached an agreement on President Donald Trump’s first federal spending law, which if passed, will ensure that U.S. taxpayers will continue to finance Planned Parenthood through September.
Despite Trump’s campaign assurance that he would revoke the organization’s funding if they continued to abort the unborn, both Republican and Democratic leaders didn’t feel the need to keep that promise.
The new spending bill also includes $12.5 billion in new military spending and $1.5 billion for border security, which is not enough to fund a new wall on the border with Mexico—an important component of Trump’s agenda.
According to Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit legal group, most of the bipartisan agreement does not include Trump’s priorities, and if it does, it reduces them or goes directly against them.
“We urge President Trump to keep his promise and we call on the Republican Congress to start leading and stop supporting failed policies,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.
Federal funding accounts for nearly 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s total budget, according to the Washington Post. Since 2004, federal funding to the organization has nearly doubled, to more than $550 million dollars per year. Almost $1.5 million per day in taxpayer support goes to the abortion group.
“Taxpayers should not be forced to fund human genocide and foot the bill for Planned Parenthood, that performs 887 abortions per day and profits from the sale of baby body parts,” Staver said.
The House approved the bill—H.J. Res. 99—by a 382 to 30 vote, with 18 members not voting. The Senate passed it by a voice vote—foregoing a roll call. Only 16 House Republicans voted against the bill.
Liberty Counsel said the new spending bill reflects the lack of Republican leadership in Congress, and urged the Republican majority to take a stand for what is right.
“One has to wonder if the Democrats are the majority party in Congress. The Republican Congress lacks real leadership. They will pay the price for not leading,” Staver said.
Republicans, however, say the new spending bill will give them more time to pass a budget that better fulfills Trump’s agenda.
“This resolution will ensure that the government stays open for another week, until May 5, 2017, to give Congress additional time,” House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R.-N.J.) explained on the House floor on Friday.
Democrats in the House and Senate said they will oppose any further attempts to advance Trump’s agenda with regard to the border wall with Mexico and with Planned Parenthood.
But Liberty Counsel and other conservative groups hope Republican leadership will uphold the ideals they claim to stand for.
“We must make the womb a safe place again in America,” said Staver.