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H.J. Res. 43 – Resolution disapproving of Title X Rule requiring states to fund Planned Parenthood

House Joint Resolution 43 overturns an Obama administration rule issued in December 2016 that forces states to give Title X family planning funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion-performing groups.

The Obama administration rule was issued in response to several states having enacted Title X funding mechanisms that give priority for family planning money to entities that do not perform or refer for abortions. The Obama administration’s lame-duck rule was, in effect, a parting gift to Planned Parenthood.

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), however, Congress has the power to overturn certain administrative actions if done in a timely manner. H.J. Res. 43 was introduced under the authority of the CRA and would again allow states to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X money.


The complete text of H.J. Res. 43 may be found at


H.J. Res. 43 was introduced by Congresswoman Diane Black (TN-6). A list of resolution’s co-sponsors is available at


1-30-17 H.J. Res. 43 introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

2-14-17 House Rules Committee reported H.J. Res. 43 to the full House.

2-16-17 House voted 230-188 to approve H.J. Res. 43 (roll call vote available at

2-17-17 Senate received H.J. Res. 43

3-30-17 The Senate passed H.J.Res. 43 by a vote of 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tiebreaking vote.

4-13-17  President Trump signed this into law


2-14-17 Letter from Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the USCCB, to the House of Representatives in support of H.J. Res. 43.

2-16-17 Debate on H.J. Res 43 as printed in the Congressional Record is available here.

2-16-17 Video of Congresswoman Diane Black’s closing statement during debate on H.J. Res. 43

2-16-17 Press release from Fr. Frank Pavone on House passage of H.J. Res. 43

3-30-17 Press Release from Priests for Life

3-30-17 Senator Ernst Press Release and Floor Remarks

3-30-17 Senator Blunt Floor Remarks

3-30-17 Senator Lankford Floor Remarks and Press Release

3-30-17 Leader McConnell Floor Remarks

3-30-17 Senator Sasse Statement

3-30-17 Senator Inhofe Press Release

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