Pompeo Opposes Resolution that Lacks Defense Spending, Funds Planned Parenthood

I simply could not support a bill that fails to support our national defense or make progress on protecting human life, writes U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo, a Republican who represents the Kansas fourth district.

Pompeo Opposes Resolution that Lacks Defense Spending, Funds Planned Parenthood

September 30, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) today issued the following statement on the passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Continuing Resolution, which funds the federal government through December 31, 2015.  Pompeo voted against this resolution, citing the bill’s lack of adequate defense spending and its inclusion of funding for Planned Parenthood.

Pompeo said: “While a government shutdown is not in anyone’s interest, Congress could have and should have done better than this continuing resolution.  I simply could not support a bill that fails to support our national defense or make progress on protecting human life.

“The values and freedoms that we, as Americans, celebrate each and every day are consistently under attack.  Unfortunately, this resolution provides even less funding for defense than what President Obama requested.  We owe it to our military service members and their families to do all we can to ensure they have the resources they need to accomplish their mission and return home safely.

“In the wake of the videos that have surfaced about the horrific, inhumane practices of Planned Parenthood, it is absolutely imperative for Congress to stand up for life and defend human decency.  This resolution fails to make any forward progress in holding Planned Parenthood accountable for its actions and making sure these abhorrent practices come to an end.”