Issues, Politics

Rep. Steve King: Use Planned Parenthood Funding to Build the Wall

Immigration hawk Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has a bold proposal for Congress, and it’s already drawing ire from all the right places.

In a live interview with CNN this week, King pointed out bluntly that much of the wall on the Mexican border could be paid for by diverting the half billion dollars of taxpayer money given to Planned Parenthood into a building fund.

He continued, “And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations.”

It’s a simple idea, but the problem is common sense isn’t so common these days.

Here’s more from the Hill…

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is calling for using federal funding for Planned Parenthood and food stamps to help pay for President Trump’s southern border wall, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee introduced a spending bill that would allocate $1.6 billion toward building the wall separating the U.S. from Mexico. The funding is part of the total $13.8 billion for Customs and Border Protection.

King said he supports the spending measure, but he would prefer an additional $5 billion for the wall — and suggested taking the extra funding from Planned Parenthood and federal welfare programs.

“I would find half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget,” he told the Examiner. “And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations.”

“We’ve got to put America back to work, this administration will do it,” King said.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said the group “receives federal funding the same way as every other hospital or community health care provider: through Medicaid reimbursements,” adding that King’s comments make no sense.

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