Grassley Joins Senate Effort Supporting State Laws to End Government Funding of Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today joined Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi and more than 20 of his Senate colleagues in submitting an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case of Gee v. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. A Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in the case currently prohibits states from eliminating taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood through Medicaid.
In the amicus brief, the senators challenge the Fifth Circuit’s ruling based on their interpretation of congressional intent in the Medicaid Act and state sovereignty in granting Medicaid provider status. They argue the Supreme Court should hear the case because circuit courts have offered contradictory opinions in similar cases.
Grassley, along with 24 Senate colleagues, signed the amicus brief led by Wicker including: Sens. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, John Kennedy of Louisiana, John Cornyn of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, John Boozman of Arkansas, Ted Cruz of Texas, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Tim Scott of South Carolina, James Risch of Idaho and Steve Daines of Montana.
A copy of the amicus brief is available here.