Maria Espinoza, candidate for the TX 7th U.S. Congressional District, excoriated faltering incumbent John Culberson for misrepresenting the truth regarding funding of Planned Parenthood in his “yes” vote for the 2016 Omnibus budget.
Espinoza, nationally recognized for her work in exposing the widespread killing of Americans by illegal aliens (www.TheRemembranceProject.org), stated that the 7th District conservative voters are discovering that “Congressman John Culberson campaigns like a conservative in Texas, but once inside the Beltway, he increasingly sides with special interests at the expense of what’s best for Texas and America.”
Supporting her claims, Espinoza challenged Culberson’s seemingly self-serving “excuses” from his February 2, 2016 email to his constituents, excuses that are impossible to reconcile within the context of traditional Texas values:
CULBERSON EXCUSE #1: “Planned Parenthood funding cannot be targeted and fully defunded in an appropriations bill.”
THE TRUTH: Fellow GOP Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) explained, that a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) “unequivocally shows that Congress can indeed stop federal funding to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates should it choose to do so. It’s a question of will and commitment to principle.”
In other words, Congress COULD HAVE defunded Planned Parenthood in the Omnibus spending bill, and they SHOULD HAVE, but chose not to.
CULBERSON EXCUSE #2: “Planned Parenthood couldn’t be fully defunded”.
THE TRUTH: Culberson voted for full funding, choosing to give the Democrat leadership and their iconic leader Obama, the best Christmas gift ever.
Given only 2 days to read the nearly 2000-page bill prior to the vote, Culberson voted without fully understanding of the terms of what he signed. As a result, his vote helped assure funding for Planned Parenthood and many other liberal programs Texas has been fighting since Obama began implementing his 2008 promise to “fundamentally change America”.
CULBERSON EXCUSE #3: Culberson claimed that Republicans could defund Planned Parenthood in a separate reconciliation act, passed as the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Restoration Act”.
THE TRUTH: John’s story was nothing more than typical political “smoke and mirrors”, saying one thing while hiding the fact that something else was going on. As a veteran Congressman, he was well aware that Obama would veto a stand-alone reconciliation bill, a fact that his home-town constituents knew and which of course, Obama immediately did.
Meanwhile, the usual Democrat suspects (aka “Democrat leadership”) were rejoicing, as witnessed by their comments on the passage of the Omnibus:
- Democrat Minority leader Nancy Pelosi boasted, “(The GOP) really gave away the store.”
- “All three goals we had, we accomplished.” said Sen. Minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
- Liberal Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gloated, “Democrats had an amazingly good year.”
- “This was an extraordinarily big victory.” claimed a grateful Dem. Congressman Stenny Hoyer of Maryland.
Adding salt to a GOP open wound, Democrats also boasted about how they stripped 150 more conservative policy priorities from Ryan’s spending plan. A beleaguered Culberson proved no match for his Democrat counterparts.
Espinoza further commented, “When Pelosi sends out a victory memo to her other 206 Obama loyalists over tricking GOP politicians like Culberson into voting for the Omnibus, it’s time to re-evaluate which side of the ‘war on American values’ is your elected official on.” The following are some of the potential GOP policies that were clearly missing from the Omnibus:
No GOP Rider Defunding Planned Parenthood: The GOP policy rider defunding Planned Parenthood, was not included in the Omnibus.
No GOP Rider Blocking Funding for Title X Family Planning: The GOP could have blocked funding for Title X Family Planning (abortion-on-demand) programs, but did not.
No GOP Rider Reinstating the “Global Gag Rule”: The GOP policy rider reinstating the “Global Gag Rule,” which says that the U.S. government cannot provide funding for family planning services to clinics or groups overseas that also offer abortion-related services, was not included in the Omnibus.
Finally, Congressman Culberson should know he is on the wrong side of a vote when Planned Parenthood sends out a press release commending its champions for holding the line on “women’s health” in the Omnibus spending bill.
Espinoza summed up the actions of a once conservative public servant now part of the Washington Cartel of insider politics: “Culberson has clearly been in Washington too long. The people of the Seventh District deserve straight talk and courageous, conservative leadership in our Congress. That’s what I will give them.”