House chair: Planned Parenthood doesn't need federal money
WASHINGTON - A House committee chairman is using Planned Parenthood's first congressional appearance since being embarrassed by surreptitiously recorded videos to say the organization does not need federal money.
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz lashed out at the organization for what he called "exorbitant" spending for salaries, travel, parties and lobbying. He said that money was being spent on political activity, not on providing health care to women.
Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday was Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. Her appearance marked the group's first public face-to-face encounter with Republicans since videos began emerging this summer showing the organization's officials discussing how they provide fetal tissue for research.
The videos have made cutting Planned Parenthood's federal money a top-tier priority for Republicans and conservatives.