Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is calling for using federal funding for Planned Parenthood and food stamps to help pay for President Trump’s southern border wall, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.
“I would find half of a billion dollars of that right out of Planned Parenthood’s budget,” he told the Examiner. “And the rest of it could come out of food stamps and the entitlements that are being spread out for people that haven’t worked in three generations.”
“We’ve got to put America back to work, this administration will do it,” King said.
A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood said the group “receives federal funding the same way as every other hospital or community health care provider: through Medicaid reimbursements.”
“For Rep. Steve King to propose using Medicaid reimbursements to pay for a border wall is nonsensical and cruel. Blocking individuals on Medicaid from going to Planned Parenthood for preventive care will result in people losing access to care,” Erica Sackin said.
King said he believes the border wall would create millions of new jobs and will help reduce the amount of public assistance people would need.
“We will create the kind of security that would bring about 10 million new jobs in America just by enforcing immigration law,” he said.
King added that the food stamp program which was created to fight malnutrition has now become a program that assists people to become overweight.
“Now we have a problem of obesity,” he said. “And when you match up the [Electronics Benefits Transfer] card with what the scales say on some of the folks, I think it’s worth looking at. [Former first lady] Michelle Obama looked at it, Republicans should be able to look at it too.”