House Republican leaders pulled a commemorative coin bill supporting breast cancer from the floor Tuesday amid conservative outrage that an organization the measure would support is allied with Planned Parenthood.
The bipartisan bill would have funneled some proceeds from the minting of commemorative coins to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. But conservatives objected, noting that the Komen organization donates money to Planned Parenthood. Heritage Action announced a key vote against the bill, Rep. Justin Amash called for a recorded vote, and just before the House was scheduled to vote, GOP leaders removed the bill from the rotation.
"We are working to ensure that charitable organizations which receive funding from this legislation are 100 percent focused on diagnosing, treating, and curing breast cancer," said a House GOP leadership aide who requested anonymity to discuss strategy.
The aide noted that leaders are working to identify a new charity and hope to have the bill on the floor again soon.
Planned Parenthood was already under fire Tuesday from antiabortion groups after an undercover video surfaced appearing to show one of its officials discussing the sale of body parts of aborted fetuses.
This is not the first time abortion politics have scuttled a bill. House Republicans grappled with how to pass a bill banning late-term abortions earlier this year, and a human-trafficking bill was held up over provisions that deal with the procedure.
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Daniel Newhauser is a staff correspondent for National Journal, where he primarily covers the House of Representatives. He was formerly a House leadership reporter for Roll Call, where he started as an intern in 2010 and quickly earned a slot as a beat reporter.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Newhauser traveled further West to study journalism at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and write for newspapers including the East Valley Tribune and the Green Valley News & Sun.