So Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn raced to file the same bill that does something or other to Planned Parenthood:
The day after Blackburn circulated her bill, Black introduced the same bill. One of Black's staffers pointed out to HuffPost that her bill has the same number as Pence's original bill and said that Pence, the governor-elect of Indiana, had specifically given Black his blessing to carry it on. Black's bill has 38 cosponsors and endorsements from all the same organizations that Blackburn's has.
Blackburn says she is not bothered by Black's move. "Stopping taxpayer money from being used to fund big abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood is something both fiscal and social conservatives can agree on," she told The Huffington Post in a statement. "The fact that there are multiple members interested in this issue proves that Planned Parenthood is not going to be let off the hook. We welcome the attention of all members to the subject. It helps build momentum."
She added, "As Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over this issue, I look forward to working with her to ensure every human life is protected."
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