Letter to Hon. Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General - Blackburn, Hartzler, Smith, Colleagues Request GAO Report On Federal Funding For Abortion Advocacy Groups


By: John Barrasso, Shelley Capito, John Thune, Tim Scott, James Lankford, Jim Inhofe, Rob Portman, Ben Sasse, Deb Fischer, Thom Tillis, Steve Daines, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Joshua Hawley, Roy Blunt, Bill Cassidy, Mitch McConnell, Jr., Roger Marshall, Jerry Moran, Mike Braun, Todd Young, James Risch, Mike Crapo, Joni Ernst, Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, John Boozman, Liz Cheney, Carol Miller, Alex Mooney, David McKinley, Glenn Grothman, Scott Fitzgerald, Morgan Griffith, Ben Cline, Bob Good, Blake Moore, Brian Babin, Michael Cloud, Michael Burgess, Beth Van Duyne, Chip Roy, Jodey Arrington, Randy Weber, Sr., Ronny Jackson, Jake Ellzey, Van Taylor, Dan Crenshaw, Louie Gohmert, David Kustoff, John Rose, Chuck Fleischmann, Diana Harshbarger, Dusty Johnson, Tom Rice, Ralph Norman, Jr., William Timmons, Jeff Duncan, Nancy Mace, GT Thompson, Jr., Guy Reschenthaler, John Joyce, Fred Keller, Lloyd Smucker, Scott Perry, Cliff Bentz, Markwayne Mullin, Troy Balderson, Bill Johnson, Bob Latta, Jim Jordan, Brad Wenstrup, Steve Chabot, Chris Jacobs, Elise Stefanik, Chris Smith, Adrian Smith, Donald Bacon, Jeff Fortenberry, Ted Budd, Patrick McHenry, Dan Bishop, Richard Hudson, Jr., Virginia Foxx, Matt Rosendale, Steven Palazzo, Michael Guest, Roger Wicker, Jason Smith, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Michelle Fischbach, Tom Emmer, Lisa McClain, Tim Walberg, John Moolenaar, Bill Huizenga, Andy Harris, Julia Letlow, Mike Johnson, Steve Scalise, Thomas Massie, Brett Guthrie, Ron Estes, Jacob LaTurner, Larry Bucshon, Jim Baird, Jim Banks, Jackie Walorski, Darin LaHood, Mary Miller, Rodney Davis, Mike Bost, Russ Fulcher, Randy Feenstra, Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Tom Graves, Jr., Rick Allen, Jody Hice, Andrew Clyde, Austin Scott, Buddy Carter, Brian Mast, Scott Franklin, Gus Bilirakis, Daniel Webster, Michael Waltz, John Rutherford, Kat Cammack, Doug Lamborn, Lauren Boebert, Darrell Issa, Young Kim, Kevin McCarthy, Doug LaMalfa, Debbie Lesko, Andy Biggs, Rick Crawford, Gary Palmer, Robert Aderholt, Mike Rogers, Barry Moore, Marsha Blackburn
Date: Jan. 20, 2022
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Abortion

U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) along with Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) and Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) led 142 Congressional members in requesting the Government Accountability Office (GAO) produce a report detailing the federal funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, International Planned Parenthood Federation, MSI Reproductive Choices, and four domestic abortion providers covering fiscal years 2019 - 2021.

In the letter, the Members state:

"Proper oversight of public funds and programs is crucial for determining the value of the goods and services provided to and funded by American taxpayers. The information sought in this inquiry is instrumental for policymakers and the public alike. It is our hope that this report will provide greater insight as Congress considers funding levels and provides increased transparency and openness for our constituencies and the general public."

A previous GAO report for FY2016-FY2018 found that nearly $2 billion in taxpayer dollars went to three abortion advocacy groups: Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Marie Stopes International (MSI), and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Current federal law prohibits federal funding of abortions but has no limitation on funding abortion providers.

In the Senate, the letter was also signed by Senators McConnell, Cassidy, Barrasso, Sasse, Hoeven, Rick Scott, Capito, Moran, Inhofe, Portman, Ernst, Thune, Wicker, Young, Hawley, Boozman, Blunt, Daines, Marshall, Fischer, Braun, Risch, Tim Scott, Rubio, Tillis, Crapo, Hyde Smith, and Lankford.

In the House, the letter was also signed by Representatives Aderholt, Allen, Arrington, Babin, Bacon, Baird, Balderson, Banks, Bentz, Biggs, Bilirakis, D. Bishop, Boebert, Bost, Bucshon, Budd, Burgess, Cammack, B. Carter, Chabot, Cline, Cloud, Clyde, Crawford, Crenshaw, R. Davis, Duncan, Ellzey, Emmer, Estes, Feenstra, Fischbach, Fitzgerald, Fleischmann, Fortenberry, Foxx, S. Franklin, Fulcher, Gohmert, Good, Graves, Griffith, Grothman, Guest, Guthrie, Harshbarger, Harris, Hice, Hudson, Huizenga, Issa, R. Jackson, C. Jacobs, B. Johnson, D. Johnson, M. Johnson, Jordan, Joyce, Keller, M. Kelly, T. Kelly, Kim, Kustoff, LaHood, LaMalfa, Lamborn, Latta, LaTurner, Lesko, Letlow, Luetkemeyer, Mace, Massie, Mast, McCarthy, McClain, McHenry, McKinley, C. Miller, M. Miller, Miller-Meeks, Moolenaar, Mooney, Barry Moore, Blake Moore, Mullin, Norman, Palazzo, Palmer, Perry, Reschenthaler, T. Rice, M. Rogers, Rose, Rosendale, Roy, Rutherford, Scalise, A. Scott, A. Smith, J. Smith, Smucker, Stefanik, Taylor, Thompson, Timmons, Van Duyne, Walberg, Walorski, Waltz, Weber, Webster, and Wenstrup.