Breaking news: Congress increases “family planning” budget by $95.5 million to whopping $852 million
Yesterday the Democrat-controlled Congress posted its Fiscal Year 2009 funding plans online.
The Omnibus Appropriations Act includes this:
The International Famly Planning increase includes $50 million allocated to the United Nations Population Fund, which President Bush blocked through the Kemp-Kasten provision due to UNFPA’s involvement with coerced abortions and sterilizations in China.
President Obama has already stated he plans to fund UNFPA despite Kemp-Kasten. (“Provided further, That none of the funds made available in this Act nor any unobligated balances from prior appropriations Acts may be made available to any organization or program which, as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.”)
Kemp-Kasten has always been applied at the President’s discretion. But a new provision takes the decision about specifically UNFPA away from the president, in this case relieving Obama of bad PR while at the same time stopping future presidents from removing UNFPA funding who might deem UNFPA ineligible under Kemp-Kasten.