Senate GOP needs Pence to break tie on family planning funds

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., who is recovering from back surgery, is wheeled away from the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017, following a vote to advance legislation that would allow states to block federal family-planning funds to Planned Parenthood.

Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska defected.

Pence was able to cast the tie-breaking vote, his second since the president's inauguration, after Sen. Pence broke his first tie on the nomination of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

The measure, which is a priority for groups that oppose abortion, would give a thumbs-up to Tennessee and other conservative states to resume policies blocking Planned Parenthood clinics from getting federal funding through the Title X family planning program.


A Planned Parenthood building in NY. Thursday's initial vote on the was only a procedural motion, but Pence paved the way for the Senate to bring the measure, H.J. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US, has been a target for conservatives across the country who have tried to cut off taxpayer funding - including the failed GOP health care legislation.

Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future. "Nor should they be forced to foot the bill for an organization like Planned Parenthood that has displayed such blatant regard for human life", said Sen. The House already voted to reverse the regulation in February, USA Today reports.

Title X under the Public Health Services Act of 1970 created a grant system for states to finance clinics offering family planning and preventative health services.

"Women and men are watching what is happening here, watching what Republicans are trying to do and they are paying attention", she wrote.


Under the Constitution, the vice president doubles as the president of the Senate and has the power to break ties.

Defund Planned Parenthood but do so knowing the bill won't make it through the Senate. "Title X has worked for 45 years until the Obama Administration changed the rules, and this legislation will simply undo this ill-conceived change".

Most resolutions killing Obama-era regulations have sailed through the Republican-controlled Congress. "We only need one more vote to stop this bill, which would allow states to dramatically reduce access for women to essential health care services". They have focused their ire mostly on Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that federal law now prohibits taxpayer funds from going toward financing abortions.



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