Thur, Apr. 13, 2017: Trump signs bill allowing U.S. states to block funds going to Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners.

“This is a major pro-life victory,” said the most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, Speaker Paul Ryan, adding that a regulation enacted under Democratic former President Barack Obama had forced states to fund Planned Parenthood, a national non-profit that provides contraception, health screenings, and abortions.

Under the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to repeal newly minted rules, both the House and Senate had passed a resolution killing Obama’s regulation that had protected federal grants for clinics in states wanting to block the funding. Continue reading “Thur, Apr. 13, 2017: Trump signs bill allowing U.S. states to block funds going to Planned Parenthood”

Thur, Apr. 13, 2017: Trump signs bill, meets with first responders

10:30 am: Receives his daily intelligence briefing

11:00 am: Signs legislation repealing an Obama regulation that forced states to provide federal family planning funding to Planned Parenthood

2:00 pm: Meets with the I-85 bridge first responders; Roosevelt Room

3:45 pm: Departs White House

6:35 pm: Arrives West Palm Beach, Florida