“The deplorable practices at Planned Parenthood have been exposed to Americans, and I have chose to stop any association with the organization in Alabama”, Bentley said at the time.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote on Thursday on a continuing resolution keeping federal agencies funded through December. 11 and giving Congress time to work out a longer-term budget deal. A number of Republicans, outraged over Planned Parenthood’s procurement of fetal tissue for scientific research, are demanding definitive action from GOP leaders. That suggests he soon would press ahead with a short-term measure free of the Planned Parenthood dispute. “There are a lot of Republicans who are for burning down the House if they don’t get their way”.
“The video controversy didn’t change any minds or many minds on the Republican side, but it makes it a whole lot harder to operate on a day-to-day, year-to-year basis if you’re Planned Parenthood and you’re constantly having to respond to these things”, Ainsworth said.
On Wednesday, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and ten other freshmen lawmakers sent a letter of their own to the House Republican conference urging them to “avoid another unnecessary and harmful government shutdown“.
In a letter circulating last week, Cruz asked colleagues to promise not to vote to fund the government unless Planned Parenthood money is stripped.
“I think it’s a common sense solution, let’s hold back on funding until we finish the investigation”. Planned Parenthood serves 2.7 million women, men and young each year and provides essential services like cancer screenings and helps prevent unintended pregnancy.
There is one Planned Parenthood center that serves South Dakota.
With undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue, there’s a movement by Senate and House Republicans to block any spending bill that continues to fund Planned Parenthood. If this defunding became permanent, CBO said it could deprive as many as 650,000 women of access to health care.
“Well, there is a process that we, unfortunately, are becoming all too familiar with by which the government prepares…it is only prudent for the federal government to begin planning for the possibility that the government could shut down”, Earnest added.
Republicans hoped that simply allowing a vote on the bill – which Democrats would not when they controlled the Senate – would appeal to socially conservative voters and create campaign problems for Democratic senators from GOP-leaning states.
Another government shutdown is brewing as members of the Senate prepare to vote on hotly contested legislation that could potentially defund the non-profit Planned Parenthood.
Shortly after the vote in the Senate on Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee announced it would invite Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards, to a hearing scheduled September 29, the day before a spending bill is due to keep the government open.