Deflated Conservatives Eye New Tactics in Planned Parenthood Fight

Conservative Republicans are disappointed that the government funding bill does not defund Planned Parenthood, but say they are looking for compromise on the issue going forward.

The $1.1 trillion spending bill coming up for a vote in the House on Friday leaves Planned Parenthood funding untouched. Cutting the funding would have been a deal-breaker for Democrats, but that is cold comfort for the conservatives who fought against the group this year.

“I am disappointed that that wasn’t in there,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.). “I don’t see where we gained any ground on pro-life [issues].”

“I’m disappointed, I know that [Speaker] Paul Ryan [R-Wis.] is disappointed,” added Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.).

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) wrote on Twitter that the “omnibus fully funds Planned Parenthood and their bartering over baby parts.”

Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, released a statement praising the funding bill and congratulating Democrats for “holding the line” against “extreme members of Congress.”