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H.Con.Res. 79 (114th): Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015

This resolution would have caused H.R. 719 to be amended with provisions to defund Planned Parenthood Federation of America for one year, in addition to technical corrections. Although the resolution passed in the House, it was not taken up in the Senate. H.R. 719 was the must-pass bill that funded the government through December 11, 2015.

A resolution like this one that "corrects the enrollment" of another bill is typically used to make non-substantive technical corrections to a bill_after_ it has already been passed by both chambers of Congress in identical form (called "enrollment"). Typically a bill will immediately be sent to the President for signature. With a resolution like this one, when passed by both chambers, the text of the bill can be modified prior to its being sent to the President. It is unusual to use this process to add substantive changes such as the ones here.

H.R. 719, a bill to fund the government through December 11, 2015 and to make reforms in the Transportation Security Administration, had already been passed by both the House and Senate in identical form by the time this resolution was voted on. Although the resolution passed in the House, because it was not taken up in the Senate no changes were made to the bill after all.

Last updated Oct 2, 2015. View all GovTrack summaries.

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Sep 30, 2015.

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Directs the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of H.R. 719 (Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016) to add division titles and restrict funding for Planned Parenthood.

Prohibits, for a one-year period, federal funds from being provided to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates or clinics, for any purpose unless the entities certify that they will not perform abortions or provide funds to any entity that performs an abortion during the period. Includes exceptions for rape, incest, or a physical condition that endangers a woman's life unless an abortion is performed.

Requires the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture to seek repayment of federal assistance received by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any affiliate or clinic, if it violates the terms of the required certification.

Provides additional funding for community health centers for the one-year period and prohibits the funds from being used for abortions other than the exceptions described above.