Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has consistently declared “no more government shutdowns,” but a growing number of Republicans say they will not vote for a budget that funds Planned Parenthood.
Most legislative experts and many lawmakers agree that the release of undercover video footage showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the selling of aborted baby body parts may threaten a budget agreement in the weeks and possibly months ahead.
With much of the money to Planned Parenthood tied up in mandatory expenditures under Medicaid, it may take a stand alone bill to sort out the funding issue.
Kentucky’s junior Senator Rand Paul, who has helped lead the Senate fight against defunding the abortion provider, recently argued that if Congress passes a government funding bill that does not include Planned Parenthood funding, the decision to shut down the government will be President Barack Obama’s to make.
“But if President Obama wants to shut down government because he doesn’t get funds for Planned Parenthood, declared Paul to CNN, “that would be President Obama’s determination to shut down government.”
In a call to Paul’s Senate office Tuesday, his spokesperson told the Christian Post that after Monday’s failed vote, they are exploring a myriad of options the government can take to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding.
The White House said it will not support a budget and vows a veto of any bill that does not fund Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, says that any cuts to their $538 million received annually from taxpayers will adversely threat women’s health.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post