A Fierce Budget Battle Over Small Stakes

Christopher Ingraham: “Once again, our leaders in Washington are on the brink of shutting the government down over fierce disagreements.”

“This year the sticking point is over whether or not to continue providing federal funding to Planned Parenthood … The group receives about $528 million dollars in public funds each year, according to its own records and IRS statements. By statute, these funds can’t be used to provide abortions. Instead, they’re directed to all the other services which comprise the majority — 97 percent — of Planned Parenthood’s activities: STD testing, contraception, cancer screening, and other women’s health services.”

“In the context of all federal spending, [$528 million] is infinitesimally small. In fiscal year 2014, the federal government spent $3.5 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. So Planned Parenthood spending makes up roughly 1/50th of 1 percent of all federal expenditures — and that’s rounding up generously.”

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