Tucker to GOP Lawmaker: Why Haven't Republicans Defunded Planned Parenthood?
Tucker Carlson pressed Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) Monday on why the Republican-controlled Congress has not defunded Planned Parenthood.
Black said under her leadership in the House of Representatives, a measure to defund was passed, but not taken on by the Senate.
"We don't need to be having taxpayer dollars going to abortion, period," Black said. She added that "abortion is not family planning, it's family destruction."
Congressional Republicans have repeatedly promised to defund the nonprofit but have not come close. Abortion providers took in more than $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars between 2013 and 2015, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office.
Planned Parenthood's 2017 annual report showed it received $554.6 million in government funds in 2015-16.
Carlson noted that the organization has also used tax dollars to campaign for Democratic candidates, questioning if the stumping is even constitutional. He asked why an organization like the NRA does not get federal funding if Planned Parenthood receives taxpayer money.
"[The NRA] trains a ton of law enforcement, military (and) trains everybody guarding our nuclear power facilities, for example - why don't they get half a billion dollars a year in federal money to do the good work that they do?" he asked.
Carlson said if Republicans see low turnout in Tuesday's House special election in Pennsylvania, it might be because they have not followed through on campaign promises like this one.
Watch the interview above.