Speaker of the House John Boehner announced a huge win for Democrats on Face The Nation. Boehner said that the government won’t be shut down, and he made it clear that Planned Parenthood will remain funded.
Speaker Boehner was asked about if the government will shut down on CBS’s Face The Nation, and he answered, “No. The Senate is expected to pass a Continuing Resolution next week. The House will take up the Senate bill. We’ll also take up a select committee to investigate these horrific videos that we’ve seen from abortion clinics in several states that really raise questions about the use of federal funds and raise questions about aborted fetuses that were born alive.”
Face The Nation host John Dickerson asked if the continuing resolution will require Democratic votes to pass, and Boehner said, “I’m sure it will, but I expect my Democratic colleagues want to keep the government open as much as I do.”
The only thing that House Republicans are getting in exchange for keeping the government open is another money wasting special committee to investigate the Planned Parenthood videos. The videos have already been proven to be edited fakes, but Republicans are about to waste millions of taxpayer dollars so that another government shutdown will be avoided.
Boehner knows that Democrats will support the continuing resolution because he has already got the votes lined up from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The deal is done, and conservatives who wanted to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood are screwed.
In reality, all Boehner did was make the potential government shutdown the next Speaker’s problem by kicking the can down the road, and running for the exit as quickly as possible, but conservatives who were calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood lose, because the government will stay open, and the organization will not be defunded.
This is all a big win for Democrats. Boehner can hype his special committee all he wants, but the reality is that the government won’t be shut down, and Planned Parenthood will still be funded.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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