Dems: Planned Parenthood Hearing is a Shutdown Ploy

Key House Democrats are accusing their Republican counterparts of holding a Planned Parenthood hearing next week simply as a concession to conservatives who are intent on either defunding the group or shutting down the government.

Democrats say House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has agreed to a hearing next week in order to keep the issue alive just as Congress is considering a bill to fund the government. The effort is being pushed by members of the House Freedom Caucus, which is leading the charge to strip federal funding from the women’s health and abortion provider, and Democrats note that more than half the members of that caucus are on the House Oversight Committee.

But there’s a sharp disagreement right now between that group and Republican leaders, as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other leaders are hesitant to risk a shutdown over Planned Parenthood.