Planned Parenthood Defunding Blocked in Senate

By a vote of 52-47, the Senate blocked legislation yesterday that would have kept the government running through Dec. 11. The bill contained a provision to strip Planned Parenthood of government funding for a year while its practices are being investigated.

New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand voted to block the bill.

Following the defeat, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), the Senate Majority leader, filed a new bill to fund federal agencies. This bill does not contain the Planned Parenthood defunding measure. The vote on this bill could come Monday.

At the moment the Republicans are divided as to how to proceed. “We can win if we take the case to the American people,” Sen. Ted Cruz wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday in Politico. “Show the Planned Parenthood videos. Stand united. If Obama follows through on his threat to veto funding for the federal government, we should force him to defend that radical position.”