Conservatives firm on Planned Parenthood as shutdown looms

by RICHARD COWAN AND DAVID LAWDER | Reuters  |  published on September 22, 2015

As a possible U.S. government shutdown loomed, the leader of the House of Representatives’ most conservative Republicans vowed on Monday to oppose any stop-gap funding bill that keeps federal money flowing to Planned Parenthood.

In a showdown that threatens to jolt financial markets and the economy, Republican leaders were struggling to craft a government funding extension that meets anti-abortion conservatives’ demands to cut off the women’s healthcare group.

Congress has five legislative days left before the fiscal year ends. On Oct. 1. If no action is taken, funding will run out for “non-essential” agencies and personnel. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has yet to articulate a plan.

  • Richard Hennessy

    The Republicans should call the Democrats bluff and let the Democrats decide whether they are willing to shut the government down to protect their pet programs. And Republicans should rebut any effort of the news media to talk about a Republican government shutdown. Such talk is just an outright lie.

  • Terry Rushing

    So good ole John hasn’t offered a “plan” yet? I guess president ears was too busy to see him and TELL him what to propose. My position is shut it down! Actually a defunding vote by the House is only a vote, it would be ears who shuts down government by refusal to accept the proposed budget. I only hope that parking the airplane is a part of the “shutdown”.

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