House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) rolled out the leaders of his new select panel to investigate the abortion practices of Planned Parenthood, an eight-member group promoting the female members of the Republican Conference.
A day after his other special committee had trouble unveiling new information in the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, the outgoing speaker doubled down on the process of crowning new committees to investigate controversial actions. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a veteran conservative who has been outspoken in criticism of Planned Parenthood, will chair the select subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Three other female members — Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Vicki Hartzler (R-Mo.) and Mia Love (R-Utah) will also serve among the eight Republicans on the panel.
“At my request, three House committees have been investigating the abortion business, but we still don’t have the full truth,” Boehner said in a statement Friday.
Democrats have said the new committee, like its Benghazi predecessor, is an overly politicized panel that wastes taxpayer dollars. Planned Parenthood echoed those charges in its statement Friday after Boehner’s announcement.
“Given the clear political focus of all of these investigations, it’s no surprise that we’re already seeing what appear to be improper leaks and overtly political committee appointments. It seems like the Republican leadership in Congress isn’t even bothering to hide the political agenda behind these investigations any more,” Eric Ferrero, the organization’s spokesman, said Friday.
Here’s the full lineup of Republicans on the committee:
- Marsha Blackburn, Chairman (R-TN)
- Joe Pitts (R-PA)
- Diane Black (R-TN)
- Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
- Sean Duffy (R-WI)
- Andy Harris (R-MD)
- Vicki Hartzler (-MO)
- Mia Love (R-UT)