Despite a Republican majority in both the House and Senate, and a Republican president in the White House, today, the omnibus spending bill, which continues to fully fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion corporation, was signed by President Trump after a threat earlier in the day that he might veto.
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
Despite promises from GOP leaders, including Trump, regarding their intentions to defund Planned Parenthood, this provision was not included in the bill in the face of a potential government shutdown.
The Daily Caller took the president to task over the continuation of half a billion dollars annually for the abortion giant:
The spending bill breaks Trump’s campaign promise to his voters, but it does fulfill a promise that his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, made on the campaign trail in 2016.
Clinton promised to continue funding Planned Parenthood if elected president, while Trump assured his voters that he would defund the abortion giant if he won.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) lambasted Congress before the bill’s passage, saying that members had a responsibility to read the massive bill before passing it. He live-tweeted his reading of it yesterday. The day prior, he quipped:
It’s a good thing we have Republican control of Congress or the Democrats might bust the budget caps, fund planned parenthood and Obamacare, and sneak gun control without due process into an Omni…wait, what?
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 21, 2018
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) lamented the bill’s continued funding for “corrupt” Planned Parenthood:
It continues to fund Planned Parenthood, a corrupt organization whose horrifying abortion practices should preclude it from receiving taxpayer dollars.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 22, 2018
LifeSiteNews pointed out that the president claims he “will never sign another bill like this again,” along with this:
The pro-assisted suicide group Compassion & Choices immediately sent supporters an email celebrating the final bill’s exclusion of an amendment to repeal D.C.’s assisted suicide law. The bill that Trump signed does not defund Planned Parenthood.
LifeSite also noted that “Rep. Steve King, R-IA, suggested in 2017 that the government spend the money it usually gives to Planned Parenthood on building a border wall, thus stopping a major source of revenue for the abortion vendor and helping accomplish one of Trump’s goals.”
This did not happen. The $1.3 trillion spending bill funds the government — as well as Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest and most profitable abortion business, which continues to offer fewer and fewer health services to thousands fewer patients every year — through the end of the fiscal year.