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Leading House Republican predicts fast action on Planned Parenthood defunding, Obamacare teardown

Rep. Steve Scalise looks forward to passing pro-life and healthcare legislation in the first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency.
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Lisa Bourne By Lisa Bourne

Lisa Bourne By Lisa Bourne

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – With Barack Obama about to leave office and Washington gearing up for a Donald Trump presidency, a top House Republican has committed Congress to passing legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and fully expects the president-elect to sign it.

Given the Trump win has ushered in hope of a renewed pro-life climate in Washington, Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise said the GOP is ready to act swiftly in the continued push to defund the abortion giant.

“We put a bill on Barack Obama’s desk to completely gut Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood,” the congressman said. “Obama vetoed it.”

“Donald Trump wants to sign that bill,” Scalise continued. “We want to get that bill to his desk quickly.”

The House Majority Whip told Fox News on Wednesday that Republicans were excited about the opportunities before them to get the U.S. back on track and that they were in sync with the incoming administration on what they wanted to accomplish.

Specifically listing priorities for the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency, Scalise named Obama’s controversial healthcare takeover, stating, “We want to go after Obamacare.”

The business mogul had made repealing Obamacare a hallmark promise of his candidacy and committed on the campaign trail as well to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as it performed abortions.

Obama’s Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is in the process of issuing a controversial final rule that aims to permanently protect Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses from being defunded, largely regarded by pro-lifers as the president’s “parting gift” to the abortion lobby.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards publicly thanked Obama last month for promoting abortion during his two terms, calling it “eight years of progress.”


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