Mike Lee and Ted Cruz’s Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood Gets Squashed By Senate

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An effort led by Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) to defund Planned Parenthood in the U.S. Senate ran aground on Sunday, as his attempt to add an amendment to the highway bill was squashed by the senate leadership. Lee, with support from Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R), tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the highway bill. However when the chair of the Senate rejected his amendment, Lee was unable to get support from the ten Senators he needed, in order to override that decision.

After Lee’s effort was rebuffed, Senator Cruz lashed out at Mitch McConnell and the GOP leadership, stating:

The so-called Republican leader led the effort to continue the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. It makes clear that the McConnell-Reid leadership team is united in favor of big government spending, and debt and power.

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The Texas Senator continued by railing:

The McConnell-Reid leadership team has no interest in cutting off one penny of funds to Planned Parenthood…The truth is, had the majority leader not opposed us, we could have had a binding vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.

While many Republican Senators dislike Planned Parenthood, it has become apparent that they dislike Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee even more. The two right-wing senators appear to be engaged in a protracted procedural civil war with Senate leadership, and that conflict came to a head on Sunday, over the Planned Parenthood defunding measure.

Pro-life activists may begin to direct their outrage at Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders, if Cruz and Lee can convince them that the Senate leadership is failing them. Ironically, the Republican Party’s inability to get along with one another has ensured that for now, Planned Parenthood, will continue to receive federal funds.  Apparently, Mitch McConnell’s distaste for Senators Cruz and Lee, has turned him into a tacit supporter of Planned Parenthood, at least temporarily.

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50 Replies to “Mike Lee and Ted Cruz’s Effort To Defund Planned Parenthood Gets Squashed By Senate”

  1. Seeing that these two rejects from a New York bath house has been slapped down by their own party look for them to try to filibuster everything.

    If they do that I hope the Democratic Senate leader would try to use this to get more concessions from the turtle in future bills since McConnell wants to prove he can govern

  2. It appears that Tez Crud is indeed a Uniter. He’s managed to unite the Republicans against him.

    Not too shabby.

  3. If this man is presidential material, then call me The Duchess of Cambridge!! I have never seen an adult have such tantrums when he doesn’t get his way!

    It would be dangerous for him to be in the WH. Putin, Kim Jung, ISIS, Al Queda….. would love for him to be President

    Imagine Crux in the WH behaving this way? Bell, he’d provoke WW III, IV, V and VI. This is not how a responsible adult behaves when told “no.”

    If I want a 2 year old as my Pres, I can find one in any daycare center. I don’t expect to find one in the Senate.

  4. …I think o’ these two as Deacons of the Church of No Christ… both need to be retired from public life…with great force if necessary…

  5. Senators Cruz and Lee against Planned Parenthood makes sence!

    Radical alien Rafeal Cruz is Ted’s father; Ted Cruz says, “Mike Lee… I am your father!”

    And both were not planned; stillborn?

  6. Why don’t Ted Cruz do our government a favor, go home (wherever that is) and don’t come back. He has the nerve to insinuate about tax payers funding for planned parenthood. It’s no more wasting money than paying him a salary. He’s done nothing but waste our money, so Ted STFU and do your job.

  7. mike lee and ted cruz, tweedle DEE & tweedle DUMBER! listen I expect the LILY WHITE republican males to throw in their two cent but what really pisses me off is how republican women just buy into this REPUBLICAN SHARIA LAW garbage!! REPUBLICAN women amaze me! YOU got a bunch of RICH OLD WHITE MALES telling YOU how to live YOUR LIFE!! REALLY?? SERIOUSLY!! jesus christ!! YOU republican women are just about as pathetic as your men! so YOUR against abortion?! REALLY? YOU weren’t against abortion when YOU got pregnant in YOUR teens!! REMEMBER? huh! YOU remember the shame your conservative family especially your DADDY felt! REMEMBER? YOU weren’t against abortion when he paid for YOUR UNWANTED pregnancy, REMEMBER?! republican women are a JOKE! YOU stab your sisters in the back so easily! republican women are huge hypocrites! and traitors to their gender! theres a special place in hell for YOUR kind! wake up! and join the human race!

  8. There isn’t ONE in that clown car who is capable of graduating from wearing pampers to big boy underwear let alone being president of the free world.

    2016 Republican Voting Check List:
    We hate Muslims – Jews – Blacks – Hispanics – LBGT’s – the poor – the Government – healthcare – Science – Education – Women are a “Lesser Cut Of Meat” – the environment – social security – Medicare – veterans – Americans – We have NO new ideas – We offer the same shit that has never worked but it’s different year.
    Yep, we’re ready.

  9. Rand Paul also pledged to defund PP last week, so he’s in with Cruz and Lee. I’ve noticed for quite some time now that GOP/TP politicians have no ideas of their own and latch onto whatever is the subject du jour. They’re not in office to govern but to pursue their own personal and political interests. That they look like jack*sses doing the same thing over and over again and losing doesn’t matter. I think they do it for the attention. A recent poll shows that most of us still think PP offers essential services to women in spite of the “doctored” videos that have been released. This tells me that most of us are not as stupid as some GOP/TP politicians think we are, much to their chagrin.

  10. You are sooo correct. My father tried to tell me who to vote for (Romney) by saying “Obama is going to bankrupt America because we need to stay in war to support our economy”. I couldnt believe he said this, I told him he was nuts because Romney called me a TAKER because Im disabled and receive SS. He never mentioned it again. We have to fight the misinformation that is spewed by the gop liars. I must say that repub women are stupid, male-dominated idiots – just look at fox “news”, the women have to skank it up to get the repub mens’ attention to let them feel superior to the lowly cocktail-dressed bimbots.

  11. …so help me, I STILL think Tez Crud sounds like a teenager whose balls haven’t dropped yet, trying to shift from long stroke to short stroke without stripping his clutch…
    When he fails, you can tell…that’s when he throws hissy fits over nothing…

  12. These two should never be anywhere near a womans vagina! These skievebags hate women smart enough to make their own choices. Gop men only like women they can control and dominate.

  13. LOL @Shadowolf, you’re a valuable voice here, race, gender is irrelevant, I’m just glad you’re on our side! stay strong brother! and vote in 2016 like your life depends on it, because it does!!

  14. Because a lot of republican run states refuse to implement the ACA. Now maybe your privilege grant you the right to healthcare but millions of women don’t have that right

  15. Agreed. If they truly wanted to ‘save every life’, they’d be approving/ increasing women’s healthcare funding, advocating more tax cuts for families, increasing spending on childcare, pushing incentives for daycare, strengthening laws against domestic violence, promoting Head Start and after-school programs, etc.

  16. fact is if your family has been in the Americas for more then 4-5 generations you ain’t “pure” anything no matter your skin tone! I refer to myself as an “All American Mutt” and I am proud of it!

  17. PP was created to give counceling and assist singles and couples about how to prevent or encourage parenthood, this is 97% of what they do.

    Only 3% goes to ending unwanted pregnancies.

    For having XX chromosomes, you really are uneducated on this subject.

  18. To Diane: I’m 57 years old, and can now afford to have health insurance, but that’s not always been the case.

    When I was a teenager, my Mom took me to the ob/gyn to obtain birth control pills to help regulate my monthly periods, and stop them from being so painful. When I turned 21, I was no longer covered on my parents’ plan, as as I was waiting tables and going to college, I was dirt poor.

    Planned Parenthood was a lifesaver for me (and millions of other low income young women) and had NOTHING whatsoever to do with abortion. For the rightwing nut cases to assert and make their followers believe that abortion is the ONLY thing PP can do, it’s just pathetic that a woman like you can not be aware of the needs of others.

    Of course, that’s a rightwing trait: no ability to put themselves in others’ shoes, nor the capacity to even care about anyone else.

    Stop being so dumb, ok?

  19. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Cruz without that silly smirk on his face. It seems to be his permanent look. I wonder what it would take to wipe it off.

  20. I had a cousin who managed to get diagnosed early for cervical cancer because of PP.

    She’s still alive, now. I say because of PP.

    Which is one of the reasons I donate regularly to PP.

    Because there are so many other people’s daughters who need what PP does.

  21. First of all dumbass they are not babies. Even your fairy tale bible makes that clear. Genesis 2:7, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being”. Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.

    Second you inbred racist don’t you dare try to equate what blacklives matter means to denying women their choice.

  22. It comes from a 2012 report put out by the NY City Dept of Health.

    As with all statistical reports, one must dig a little deeper to understand both the causes and implications of the numbers, but this poster is just using it to inflame.

  23. Why are you cursing me and labeling me when I am just repeating what I read? You can make your point without profanity.

  24. I would but for you to use blacklivesmatter in such a profane way then only profanity is what you deserve. You probably don’t even know what the term means. Now try to get rid of your white privilege and ask questions then you will be treated with respect

  25. I am only trying to show why some people are opposed to PP. I personally am not opposed to first term abortion but as a human find third term abortion disgusting. Or using abortion as birth control is wrong.

  26. Of all of what Planned Parenthood does only 3% are about abortions. he majority of their services are cancer prevention, birth control, preventing STDS. Make no mistake this is a white male war on women and one weapon they have is to prevent basic health care for women.

  27. Those are only performed in cases of either fetal nonviability or a medical emergency threatening the life of the mother. It would be unethical to refuse to operate in such a case.

  28. No. Because if a women carries that far that mean she wants to give birth. So if her doctor tells her the fetus is not viable or her life is in danger then that’s a decision between the women and her doctor not people like you who when it comes down to it, your kind can give a rats ass about the future of that child who the government will be supporting.

  29. DianeLw, when you post a comment you need to be prepared to cite your source, not “My memory serves me well, you are an adult, you look it up.” If you want to express a point it’s up to you to tell the other person(s) where you got information, not other people on the thread.

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