Planned Parenthood president salary: Carolyn Maloney defends Cecile Richards from Jason Chaffetz (VIDEO).

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Slams GOP Attack on Planned Parenthood President’s Salary

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Slams GOP Attack on Planned Parenthood President’s Salary

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Sept. 29 2015 12:40 PM

Carolyn Maloney Slams Attack on Planned Parenthood Head’s Salary: “Totally Inappropriate and Discriminatory”

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards at today's House hearing.

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Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is testifying today before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Pro-life politicians have been heavily critical of Planned Parenthood during the ongoing controversy over its use of fetal tissue, and committee chair Jason Chaffetz (a Utah Republican) took a shot specifically at Richards' salary during his questioning, asking her somewhat rhetorically to confirm that her compensation has in recent years been bumped past $500,000:

New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney's time came up several minutes later, and her response to Chaffetz was forceful.

Said Maloney:

I'd like to register my opposition and my objection to the chairman beating up on a woman on our witness today for making a good salary. The entire time I've been in Congress I've never seen a witness beaten up and questioned about their salary. Ms. Richards heads a distinguished organization providing health care services to millions of Americans and I find it totally inappropriate and discriminatory.

For what it's worth, given the current alignments in Congress, the fetal-tissue controversy is considered unlikely to result in the group losing any of its federal funding.