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Letter to the Hon. Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States - Hartzler, Olson, Blackburn Ask GAO For Transparency Of Federal Dollars Supporting Abortion Industry

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By: John Barrasso, Mike Enzi, Mitt Romney, Mike Lee, Marsha Blackburn, Mike Rounds, John Thune, Tim Scott, James Lankford, Jim Inhofe, Ben Sasse, Deb Fischer, Kevin Cramer, Thom Tillis, Steve Daines, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Joshua Hawley, Roy Blunt, Bill Cassidy, Rand Paul, Mitch McConnell, Jr., Jerry Moran, Pat Roberts, Mike Braun, Todd Young, James Risch, Mike Crapo, Joni Ernst, Marco Rubio, Liz Cheney, Carol Miller, Alex Mooney, Sean Duffy, Glenn Grothman, Morgan Griffith, Rob Wittman, Rob Bishop, Brian Babin, John Carter, Michael Burgess, Kenny Marchant, Chip Roy, Jodey Arrington, Bill Flores, Randy Weber, Sr., Mike Conaway, Kevin Brady, Ron Wright, John Ratcliffe, Louie Gohmert, Mark Green, Chuck Fleischmann, Tim Burchett, Phil Roe, Ralph Norman, Jr., William Timmons, Jeff Duncan, Joe Wilson, Sr., Mike Kelly, Jr., John Joyce, Scott Perry, Tom Cole, Kevin Hern, Troy Balderson, Bill Johnson, Bob Latta, Jim Jordan, Steve Chabot, Chris Smith, Ted Budd, Mark Meadows, David Rouzer, Virginia Foxx, Greg Gianforte, Michael Guest, Trent Kelly, Jason Smith, Billy Long, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Ann Wagner, Jim Hagedorn, Tim Walberg, John Moolenaar, Bill Huizenga, Ralph Abraham, Mike Johnson, Steve Scalise, Thomas Massie, Brett Guthrie, Steven Watkins, Jr., Roger Marshall, Larry Bucshon, Jim Banks, Jackie Walorski, Darin LaHood, Adam Kinzinger, John Shimkus, Rodney Davis, Dan Lipinski, Steve King, Tom Graves, Jr., Rick Allen, Jody Hice, Buddy Carter, Greg Steube, John Rutherford, Ted Yoho, Matt Gaetz, Doug Lamborn, Ken Buck, Duncan Hunter, Kevin McCarthy, Doug LaMalfa, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Rick Crawford, Gary Palmer, Mo Brooks, Robert Aderholt, Bradley Byrne, Pete Olson
Date: May 10, 2019
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Reproduction

Dear Mr. Dodaro,

We are writing to request updated information on federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Marie Stopes International. We are also requesting similar data on several networks of abortion providers more localized than Planned Parenthood clinics and their affiliates, but still significant providers of abortion and reproductive health. Lastly, we are requesting updated information on Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Proper oversight of public funds and programs is crucial for determining the value of the goods and services provided to and funded by the American taxpayer. The information sought in this inquiry is instrumental for policymakers and the public alike. It is our hope that we can work closely with you on this report to provide greater insight as Congress considers funding levels, and to provide transparency and openness for our constituencies and the general public.

At the request of Congress, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) prepared a report dated March 6, 2018, on federal funds for certain organizations involved in health related activities for fiscal years 2013-2015. Prior to that, the GAO prepared a report dated March 20, 2015, governing fiscal years 2010-2012. We respectfully request an update to these reports for fiscal years 2016-2018, the most recent fiscal years with available data.

Accordingly, for fiscal years 2016-2018, please identify the following:

For the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (including affiliates):

The amount of federal obligations and disbursements to and the expenditures of federal funds by each of these organizations in each fiscal year;
The federal agencies' (such as the Administration for Children & Families and any other agency or sub-agency that funds activities that Planned Parenthood may provide) funding sources (e.g. block grants), and programs associated with these federal funds (including Medicaid and Title X);
How these funds were made available (e.g. direct or pass-through funding).
For the International Planned Parenthood Federation (including affiliates) and Marie Stopes International (including affiliates):

The amount of federal obligations and disbursements to and expenditures of federal funds by each of these organizations in each fiscal year;
The federal agencies' (such as the United States Agency for International Development, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and any other agency or sub-agency that funds activities that the groups in question may provide) funding sources, and programs associated with these federal funds (including funding provided by USAID missions);
How these funds were made available (e.g. direct or pass-through funding).
For the following specified, domestic abortion providers (including affiliates):

The amount of federal obligations and disbursements to and expenditures of federal funds by each of these organizations in each fiscal year;
The federal agencies' (such as the Administration for Children & Families and any other agency or sub-agency that funds activities that any of these clinics may provide) funding sources (e.g. block grants), and programs associated with these federal funds (including Medicaid and Title X);
How these funds were made available (e.g. direct or pass-through funding).
Specified, domestic abortion providers:

Family Planning Associates;
American Women's Services;
All Women's Health Center;
Whole Woman's Health.
We respectfully request that your report also include information about Federally Qualified Health Centers. We seek detailed statistics on the number of individuals served, the types of visits provided, the preventative services provided, and the amount of federal funding allocated to FQHCs in 2016-2018.

We sincerely hope that this report will be completed in a timely manner and request a projection of its expected completion. Thank you for your attention to this request.

Sincerely,


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