FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2015
Tea Party Tells Congressman “No Thanks”
$1000 Donation Returned
(Forney, Texas) The struggle to protect life began in 1973 and rages still today. Since the recently released videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s selling of its victims’ body parts became public, the war between life and death has intensified.
Planned Parenthood receives a half a billion dollars annually in tax revenue to subsidize what they fraudulently characterize as “women’s reproductive health.”
Congressman Jeb Hensarling opposes the right to abortion, and has a sterling record in defense of life. In the fight to defund Planned Parenthood, he has supported several bills that would end taxpayer forced-contributions to this grisly industry.
He has signed two letters, one to outgoing Speaker of the House John Boehner, asking him to advance legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. The second letter was addressed to Loretta Lynch, Attorney General of the United States, asking her to initiate an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of the body parts of their prey. The Kaufman County Tea Party greatly appreciates the congressman’s efforts.
However, there is one letter that Congressman Hensarling has refused to sign. It is known as the “Mulvaney letter” and it is sponsored by Heritage Action for America. The Mulvaney letter is singular in that it commits its signatories to not support any funding resolution, appropriations bill, omnibus package, continuing resolution, mandatory funding stream, “or otherwise” that contains funding for Planned Parenthood.
Recently, the Kaufman County Tea Party hosted its annual fundraiser. Congressman Hensarling attended and generously donated $1000, for which the Tea Party is extremely grateful.
That generous gift, however, cannot be used to divert his constituents’ attention away from good and transparent government. Congressman Hensarling is well aware of our expectation that he reject corrupt Republican leadership, and sign the Mulvaney letter. As of today, 37 courageous representatives have done exactly that, and more are expected–but Congressman Hensarling will not. In light of his inaction, our steering committee has decided to do the principled thing and return his $1000 donation.
The Tea Party deals in the currency of conservative principles, not political expediency. We encourage our congressman, as well as all public officials of every political stripe, to take everyopportunity to defend life.
A distinguished legal scholar once wrote, “I call heaven and earth to testify against you. I have set life and death before you today: blessings and curses. Choose life that it may be well with you and your children.” It is not well with America today, and our leaders’ determined reluctance to effectively engage the enemy is one reason why.