Obama Calls Reversal, Asks Pelosi to Remove Family Planning, Contraception Funds from Stimulus

President Obama has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove funding for family planning and contraceptives from the economic stimulus plan, news orgainizations are saying Tuesday morning.




By Steve Thomma
McClatchy Newspapers

President Obama has told Congressional Democrats to drop a proposal to spend money on family planning from the proposed $825 billion plan to stimulate the economy. a White House aide tells McClatchy.
Obama is likely to offer that concession when he meets Tuesday with Congressional Republicans, who’ve complained bitterly that the proposal is liberal pork that has nothing to do with stimulating the economy or creating jobs.
“How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives? How does that stimulate the economy?” said an incredulous Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, his party’s leader in the House of Representatives, after an opening meeting with Obama at the White House Friday.
will host Obama at a follow up lunch in the Capitol Tuesday.

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