CONGRESSMAN LIEU RESPONDS TO REPUBLICAN COMMENTS ON BENGHAZI, PLANNED PARENTHOOD

October 1, 2015
Press Release

CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | jack.dannibale@mail.house.gov | 202-225-3976

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to Senior Republicans admitting in successive days that there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood has violated any laws and that the Benghazi Select Committee was established for purely political reasons.

“Despite the fact that 151 Republicans voted to shut down the federal government yesterday, another manufactured crisis was averted due to a unanimous vote by House Democrats and passage of a continuing resolution.  However, this is only a short-term fix and our nation is on course to confront yet another unnecessary Republican-created crisis in December.  Instead of honoring their constitutional requirement to pass crucial funding bills in a timely manner, Republican leadership is wasting taxpayer dollars on witch hunts into the Benghazi tragedy and the operations of Planned Parenthood.  Taxpayer funded congressional committees should never be created for partisan political purposes. 

More frustrating is the fact that in successive days, senior Republicans have admitted that the Benghazi inquest is nothing more than a political stunt and that there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood has broken the law.  The facts beg an obvious question: Why doesn’t Republican leadership stop wasting crucial taxpayer dollars on bogus investigations into Planned Parenthood and focus on working for the American people: passing a long term budget agreement, taking care of our veterans, rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure,  and investing in education and the green energy economy.”