Obama to Restore Family Planning Aid?

Elana Schor at Talking Points Memo updated us yesterday on the dismaying news this week that the family planning revision has been removed from the economic stimulus:

A source present at today’s White House signing ceremony for the Lilly Ledbetter bill tells me that President Obama gave assurances that the family planning aid would be done soon — perhaps as soon as next week, when the House is set to take up a spending bill that would keep the government funded until October.
Obama emphasized that the family-planning aid “makes the budget look better, it’s a money saver,” the source said. In fact, removing the need for Medicaid waivers for family planning saves states an estimated $700 million over 10 years.
By removing the family-planning aid from the stimulus at Obama’s request, Democrats “were giving a nod to the Republicans, believing they would act in good faith,” the source added. And given how many GOPers voted for the stimulus bill, sounds like the family-planning aid is back on track.

I certainly hope so.

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  1. ShelbyWoo
    Posted January 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I certainly hope so.
    Me, too. And, let this be a lesson. Family planning should never be a bargaining chip. It’s too important.

  2. Femgineer
    Posted January 30, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    oh… wait…
    I agree that this should not have been taken out in the first place.

  3. PamelaVee
    Posted January 31, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    given their track record…I’d say there’s no “good faith” coming from this woman.

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