Rand Paul To Try To Block Planned Parenthood Funding Today During Rare Sunday Voting Session
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, said Sunday that he’ll try this afternoon on Capitol Hill to force a vote to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos showing group officials discussing how they provide aborted fetal organs for research.
“I really think the time has come in our country to have the debate on whether taxpayer money should still be spent on this,” Paul told “Fox News Sunday.”
Paul is one of several Republican lawmakers or presidential candidates who have said they want to eliminate Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, which they so far have failed to do.
Paul said he will try a long-shot legislative maneuver — submitting a “discharge position” — to force the vote when senators return Sunday to Washington to vote on a transportation and transit funding bill set to expire in a few days.
“I think we might likely win that vote,” he said.
Abortion opponents say the videos show that Planned Parenthood is illegally harvesting and selling the organs. Full story.
Update 7-28-2015: The Senate Will Vote On The Issue of Defunding Planned Parenthood. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to hold a vote on legislation in coming days on a Republican bill halting federal funding of Planned Parenthood, following the release of videos involving use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research.
“The leader is working with his members to address this horrific issue and intends to have a vote before we leave” for a five-week summer recess, said McConnell spokesman Michael Brumas.
Senator Rand Paul has introduced legislation to prohibit any federal funds to Planned Parenthood.
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