WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, issues the following statement concerning the federal budget impasse over Republican efforts to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood:
"The fate of almost a million government employees, the fragile yet rebounding economy and the well-being of 300 million Americans who count on government services must not be held hostage by Republicans who continue to threaten a shut down over the healthcare of women. The federal budget is supposed to address the fiscal condition of the country not the physical condition of its citizens. I stand with my Democratic colleagues and urge our friends on the other side of the aisle to pass a budget without social riders.
"Planned Parenthood and the services it provides to some of the nation's most vulnerable should not be under consideration when federal workers are at risk of having no paycheck in the coming weeks. In a statement on March 23, 2011, I said and reiterate it now, the Republicans know that the bulk of Planned Parenthood's work involves breast examinations, birth control, cervical cancer screening, family planning and other vital health services for women – as well as services to men such as prostate cancer screening – and not a single federal dollar for abortions.
"Let's pass a budget the President can sign and get back to the business of the people's business: creating jobs and continuing our economic rebound."