The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has permitted federal tax dollars to continue flowing to Planned Parenthood—the nation’s leading abortion provider—for six years since the Republicans took back control of the House in 2011, after their victories in the 2010 elections.

Every appropriations bill enacted since 2011 that could either have permitted or prohibited funding of Planned Parenthood has permitted it.

Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution says: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” As a result, unless the House of Representatives enacts legislation that permits money to be drawn from the Treasury and given to Planned Parenthood, no federal money can go to Planned Parenthood.

According to a report published this month by the Congressional Research Service, Planned Parenthood received $553.7 million in tax dollars from federal, state and local governments in the year that ended on June 30, 2015.

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