Republicans will hold hearings on Planned Parenthood scandal, but have no plans to vote on doing anything

House Republicans will hold hearings on Planned Parenthood when Congress returns to Washington next month.

But they don’t plan to actually vote on defunding the billion-dollar abortion giant.

“Two congressional committees, the Energy and Commerce, and Judiciary panels, both said they will investigate the women’s health and abortion provider after an anti-abortion group last month began releasing a slew of videos highlighting how some Planned Parenthood clinics provide aborted fetal tissue to biomedical companies,” The Washington Examiner reports.

“Both committees have sent letters to Planned Parenthood and biomedical companies involved in fetal tissue sales and federal agencies that would be able to investigate whether the group broke any laws by profiting from tissue or performing partial-birth abortions,” the Examiner reports.

The letters do not state whether the House plans to actually vote on anything after the hearings.

GOP leaders claim they have to hold the hearings to build support for a defunding vote, despite the fact the public is already outraged by the videos.
“Obviously the speaker supports defunding Planned Parenthood and believes if we are going to be successful in enacting legislation on that issue, we need to build a case to bring Democrats and Republicans together,” a top Republican aide told the Washington Examiner last month.

“The investigations will help us build a case,” the House GOP aide told the Examiner. “If you are going to build public support and support in Congress to defund this agency, that it’s the right thing to do, we have a lot of work to do.”

Of course, that’s not true.

“I think it’s stunning that there has been no response from the House other than to talk about an investigation,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., told the Examiner. “At this point, we should move forward and defund Planned Parenthood.”
Holding hearings won’t give Democrats anything new that would convince them to vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

In fact, hearings will give Planned Parenthood more time to lawyer up, and funnel campaign cash to wavering Democrats.

Planned Parenthood gets a half-billion dollars a year in taxpayer funding, and spends about $15 million in each election cycle supporting pro-abortion members of Congress.