Obama Drops The Veto Hammer On The Republican Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood


President Obama has preemptively struck at the Republican bill to defund Planned Parenthood, by promising to veto the bill if it passes the Senate.

In a Statement Of Administration Policy, the White House put an end to the Senate’s Planned Parenthood

The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 61, making continuing appropriations for fiscal year (FY) 2016, and for other purposes, which contains highly objectionable provisions that advance a narrow ideological agenda. Specifically, the Amendment includes a provision that would defund Planned Parenthood. By eliminating Federal funding for a major provider of health care, the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 61 would limit access to health care for women, men, and families across the Nation, and disproportionately impact low-income individuals.

The Administration urges the Congress to pass full-year appropriations legislation for FY 2016 that excludes ideological provisions that are intended to advance a narrow political agenda, reverses sequestration for defense and non-defense priorities, and makes critical investments needed to support national security and sustain economic growth.

If the President were presented with H.J.Res. 61, as amended by this Amendment, he would veto the bill.

H.J. Res. 61 is the Republican Party’s way of trying to satisfy Sen. Ted Cruz and the House Freedom Caucus. There is no way that this bill is going to get through the Senate., but even if it would by some miracle advance, President Obama is going to veto it.

The message is obvious. Defunding Planned Parenthood is a non-starter. Republicans are not going to be able to any bill to fund the government that contains a provision that defunds Planned Parenthood. It simply is not going to happen.

Republicans are wasting their time if they believe that they can pressure Senate Democrats and the President into accepting any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. Obama is not going to let that happen. Democrats are not going to allow access to a vital healthcare resource to be taken away from millions of Americans because Republicans are trying to pander for votes from an extremist minority of social conservatives.

The American people agree with President Obama and the Democrats. Defunding Planned Parenthood is not a priority. If Republicans shut down the government over Planned Parenthood, they will be setting themselves up for a colossal defeat, as President Obama will stand his ground, and triumph over the extremists.

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16 Replies to “Obama Drops The Veto Hammer On The Republican Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood”

  1. Republicans keep bringing up the highly edited and debunked videos created by an extremist group being investigated by the Justice Dept. as though the American people are unaware of this fact. Only the Fox “News” idiots would be unaware that these videos are highly edited fakes that only James O’Keefe would be proud of.A drummed up issue to shut down the Federal Government doesn’t sound like a very good idea to me.

  2. The fact that the Congressional Republicans are willing to throw countless American women AND men under the bus in order to cater to rabid pro-birthers shows their callousness toward people who depend on PP’s life-saving, health-maintain services. They love to rant and rave about the fetuses in the womb, while they gleefully cut programs that are life-sustaining for men, women, and children already born. Then, when women who can’t afford to have children are forced to give birth to them, they don’t want to help those families and they especially shame the women. It’s also disheartening to see otherwise intelligent, thoughtful Americans fall for such a transparent strategy to get votes.

  3. The dems claim they are not going to save Boehner this time. Hope they stick to their guns. Resulting backlash will be on Republicans.

  4. Pandering to extremists in order to have a “righteous” reason to defund PP and send that federal money to for-profit clinics in spite of the fact that none of it is used for abortions. It’s all about money and power for the right.

  5. 97% of what they do is HEALTHCARE and it’s also for MEN.

    This is ALL these lazy GREEDY do-nothing republican bums have done!!!!
    how about a JOBS bill?
    how about an infrastructure bill?
    how about dealing with IMMIGRATION?
    how about ANYTHING to help the MIDDLE-CLASS and POOR?
    The tea bag/repubs govern by the 5 G’s
    stoked with FEAR and IGNORANCE

  6. The unfortunate thing about this is that Republicans don’t lose anything by voting in favor of this bill. They know it will be vetoed, and their constituents who use Planned Parenthood won’t lose their access to it. They can still claim while campaigning that they voted against the Evil Planned Parenthood That Does Abortions and Sells Baby Parts For Money, and it was the awful Godless Democrats, and their Muslim president, who kept the bill from passing, so it’s not their fault. “I tried, so vote me back into office so that I can try again, and vote to defund Obamacare as well for the 50th time.” It’s kind of a win-win for them, in a horrible twisted way.

  7. Just by the way – has anyone ever seen a picture of Mitch McConnell where he DOESN’T look like a turtle (a la Jon Stewart)? Ay-yup.

  8. …the Republican’t Potty needs to be ‘persuaded’ to work for US…Louisville Sluggers preferred persuaders…

  9. I wish Democrats had this much backbone when the lying videos about Acorn came out. Just think if we still had ACORN around to register voters.

  10. Look, I’m on your side. But this headline is inaccurate, or, at best misleading, and is even now being used on social media as an example of “left wing media” lies.

  11. How is it misleading goon? The President has said over and over again any funding bill that defunds PP he will veto. You need to pull your head out of the Reich wing ass and join reality

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