Monday, August 3, 2015

S.1881 Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood Fails Senate Vote 53-46

U.S. Senate then-Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke to members of the media after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon December 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. McConnell, now majority leader, has said that passing a bill to build the Keystone XL pipeline will be at the top of his agenda. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A procedural vote in the Senate on legislation that would have barred all federal funds for Planned Parenthood failed on Monday.

The vote was 53-46, meaning the measure failed the get the 60 votes needed to overcome a Democratic filibuster on bringing the bill up for debate.

Conservatives in both the House and Senate are urging their leaders to include a provision to defund Planned Parenthood on any upcoming bill to fund the government this fall.

Planned Parenthood has come under intense scrutiny after an anti-abortion group released a series of videos it says shows that the nonprofit group is making money off of the sale of fetal tissue, a practice the group denies.
The battle over barring federal money for the group will shift next to the legislation to fund the government this fall. Conservatives in both the House and Senate are demanding that their leaders attach a provision to any spending bill to block additional federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood.
    Federal agencies run out of money at the end of September, and Congress is expected to take up some type of short-term spending bill next month.

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