Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) released the below statement following the passage of a temporary spending measure until a final budget agreement is reached:

“Though the vast majority of funding for Planned Parenthood is through Medicaid, which is unrelated to direct appropriations by Congress, I voted against the short-term spending bill today because it continues a relatively small portion of their taxpayer support.  The videos that have come to light showing this organization’s disgusting practices of harvesting organs and other body parts of infants for profit is reprehensible.  As a result, the House is currently conducting several different investigations on this matter.  I am committed to working with my colleagues to help bring all the facts to light so that the American people will know how their taxpayer dollars have been used and we can right this wrong.”

Last year, Planned Parenthood received approximately $528 million in taxpayer dollars through Medicaid and other programs. This summer, numerous videos were released showing senior Planned Parenthood officials discussing how to properly harvest and preserve the limbs and organs of aborted babies. 

The House passed the short-term funding bill by a vote of 277-151, where it now goes to the President’s desk to be signed into law.