Congressional Democrats are balking at a Republican request to spend a total of $1 million investigating Planned Parenthood, The Hill reports.
Republicans are seeking $500,000 to expand an investigation into the women’s healthcare provider, which by the end of the year would bring the total cost to $1 million — reigniting debate over the year-long probe which has thus far found no wrongdoing on the part of Planned Parenthood or its partners.
“This has not been — nor will it ever be — a fact-based investigation. Instead the Panel is being run as a taxpayer-funded arm of anti-abortion groups, in pursuit of a partisan, anti-science, and anti-health care agenda,” Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky, a Democrat, told The Hill.
According to The Hill, the six Democrats on the committee have called repeatedly for it to be disbanded.
The investigation was launched after highly-controversial and heavily-edited videos purported to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal parts. The videos have been written off as bogus.
The request comes as Republicans face criticism for spending $7 million on a panel to investigate alleged wrongdoing by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi attack in 2012. The panel after two years found no actionable wrongdoing by Clinton.
Earlier this year, a Texas grand jury convened to investigate Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing by the organization, and instead indicted anti-abortion activists from the Center for Medical Progress, who created the edited videos.