Thu Feb 28, 2019 AT 2:32 PM EDT
Early last September, the Republican Study Committee (RSC) polled its members — more than 150 of the most conservative congressmen in the House of Representatives — and asked them to list their priorities for a bill to fund the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. According to a copy of the poll obtained by National Review, their top priority, by far, was removing funding from Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States.
Trying to defund Planned Parenthood is perhaps the promise Republican politicians have made most consistently to their voters over the last decade, and for good reason: The group performed 332,757 abortions last fiscal year alone, more than one-third of the estimated number of annual abortions in the U.S. But despite Republicans controlling the White House, the Senate, and the House for the preceding two years, the last Congress ended with President Donald Trump signing a spending bill that continued funding Planned Parenthood to the tune of about $500 million.
Shortly after that RSC poll was conducted, House Speaker Paul Ryan met with GOP caucus leaders to discuss the draft appropriations bill. Read Full story at National Review