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Republicans push House to drop Citigroup as provider of office credit cards for abortion travel funding

FIRST ON FOX – House GOP Vice Chairman Mike Johnson is pushing for the House of Representatives to drop Citigroup as a credit card provider following the company’s decision to fund travel for employees seeking abortions.

Johnson, R-La., made the request in a letter Tuesday to House Chief Executive Catherine Szpindor. Johnson said a longstanding policy in Congress that taxpayer dollars don’t fund abortion should prevent the House from working with Citi any longer.

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“Citi has sent a letter to its stakeholders ahead of its April 2022 stakeholder meeting stating that the company “will provide travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate services [abortion] resources,” Johnson said.

“This is an unfortunate decision by Citi that will lead to the circumvention of state laws and unfettered access to elective abortions,” he continued. “By offering to pay its employees in their efforts to end the lives of unborn children, Citi has lost its privilege to do business with the House of Representatives.”

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Citi’s message to shareholders specifically states that the travel benefits are “in response to changes in reproductive health laws in certain states.”

The Citigroup Inc logo is seen at the SIBOS banking and finance conference in Toronto, Canada, October 19, 2017. (Reuters/Chris Helgren)

The most notable state abortion law passed in 2021 was a Texas law restricting abortion after six weeks. It was challenged by Democrats and the case went to the Supreme Court, but the justices allowed the law to remain in effect pending litigation in lower courts.

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The House GOP letter represents a continuation of Republicans’ focus on battling corporations on social issues. This was recently highlighted by the GOP v. Disney for its criticism of Florida’s law banning the teaching of gender and gender identity to young elementary school students.

Representative Mike Johnson

Rep. Mike Johnson leads a letter demanding the chamber sever its relationship with Citigroup over its decision to fund travel costs for employees seeking abortions. (https://mikejohnson.house.gov/)

In recent months, Republicans have also taken aim at big tech, the children’s book industry, the Federal Reserve and more for allegedly pushing social policies and leftist ideology.

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Johnson’s letter references in the Citi document also stated that it would “expand the medical coverage of gender affirmation.” This type of care, according to Johns Hopkins, includes cross-sex hormones. The Cleveland Clinic also defines “gender affirming surgery” as procedures including “facial surgery, top surgery, or bottom surgery.”

Johnson’s letter calls on Szpindor to “immediately terminate the House’s existing contracts with Citigroup, Inc. and to refrain from entering into any new contractual arrangements with the company.”

Johnson is joined by 45 other Republicans in the letter, including Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Jim Banks of Indiana and Lauren Boebert of Colorado.