Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, got into a near-shouting match with CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer over the panel's hearings over Planned Parenthood funding.
Chaffetz appeared live on set with Blitzer on "The Situation Room"
on Wednesday to discuss the hearings.
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Blitzer challenged Chaffetz on a chart used by the committee showing the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood increasing, while breast cancer screenings decreased. Blitzer admitted the numbers were accurate, but said the chart was not to scale, making the decline and increase appear to be the same amount.
Blitzer also repeatedly said that 75 percent of Planned Parenthood's $540 million comes from Medicaid reimbursement for "critically important things that Planned Parenthood does for especially poor women who have no alternatives."
"You make it sound so sweet," Chaffetz shot back, "but there are a lot of other things that they are doing with those shared employees, shared assets, email lists."
Planned Parenthood is "so flushed with cash" it sent tens of millions of dollars overseas and bought first-class air travel and chartered aircraft, Chaffetz said.
"Doesn't sound like that money is going to help the poor young women looking for health care."
Chaffetz admitted he was "fired up" over the issue after Democrats on the committee accused him of not caring about women.
"There is a better way to do this. I don't want to send the money overseas. I want to fight and win the war on cancer. I'm tired of getting lectures from Democrats saying we don't care about women," he said. "That's offensive"
Blitzer agreed more money should be spent on cancer research.
"Where are you going to get the money?" an animated Chaffetz asked. "Grab it out of Planned Parenthood."
"No doubt a lot of money is wasted in Iraq and Afghanistan," Blitzer countered.
"I didn't vote for that. We were wrong for going in there," Chaffetz sid. "I'll find a lot of money with you, but some of it should come from Planned Parenthood."
Blitzer, appearing to want to calm things down, turned to questions about House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who angered some in the GOP when he said on Fox News on Tuesday that Republicans formed the select Benghazi committee in an effort to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes.
The statement doesn't disqualify McCarthy for the House speaker's position, which he is seeking, but is inaccurate, Chaffetz said.
"He should apologize and withdraw it," he said. "It's an absolute inaccurate statement."
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