Democrats Victorious As Senate Passes CR That Keeps Planned Parenthood Funded


Sen. Ted Cruz and a group of conservative House Republicans were defeated in their bid to link defunding Planned Parenthood to funding the government as the Senate voted 78-20 to pass a clean Continuing Resolution.

The Senate bill was supported by all Democratic Senators while the Republicans split 32-20 in favor of the resolution. Two Republican Senators (Rubio and Graham) did not show up for the vote.

The House is expected to pass the bill later today, which means that the government will be funded and stay open through December 11. According to The Hill, House conservatives may try to pull one last move to defund Planned Parenthood, “A group of House conservatives plan to follow Cruz and offer an amendment defunding Planned Parenthood to the stopgap when it reaches the Rules Committee later Wednesday.”

The effort is expected to fail as there is bipartisan support for clean funding bill in the House. In reality, the Republican-run Congress has remained true to their previous form. They haven’t averted the crisis. They merely postponed to the holiday season.

President Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have bought themselves a little bit of time to negotiate longer budget, but McConnell’s insistence on cutting Congressional Democrats out of the process may sink the negotiations before they ever get started.

The extremist wing of the Republican Congressional caucus has once again promised something to their supporters that they could never deliver. Planned Parenthood is not going to be defunded. It was never going to be defunded in September, and it won’t be defunded in December.

Today’s votes are a major victory for Democrats because Republicans demonstrated that defunding Planned Parenthood isn’t a big priority for them. It is clear that Republicans are trying to use Planned Parenthood to campaign for votes with their base.

Republicans raise their voices and stomp their feet, but at the end of the day, President Obama and the Democrats have won. Planned Parenthood is funded. The government is open. The CR is clean, and Republicans have gained nothing.

24 Replies to “Democrats Victorious As Senate Passes CR That Keeps Planned Parenthood Funded”

  1. The GOP need to get a clue. All the polls say the American people don’t side with them, yet, they are tone deaf to “we the people.” Ooh, wait, that’s because the GOP are doing the will of corporations, their pills, that they who’re for. After all, “corporations are people, my friend!”

  2. It will be a hollow victory unless Democrats whack them upside their heads with ads saying the GOP will defund health services for women and men if they ever get total control of the government

  3. The GOP need to start doing the Voters work. There are a lot of bills that are sitting on their desk that can be signed and sent to the Senate so that they can go to the President for the signing. They would be surprise how their polling numbers will start to rise.

  4. CRIMINAL: In fiscal year 2015, the federal budget is $3.8 trillion. These trillions of dollars make up about 21 percent of the U.S. economy (as measured by Gross Domestic Product, or GDP). While we now have 7.4 million children living in extreme poverty on less than $2.00 a day. Our elected leaders are giving away TRILLIONS to the 1%, while it would only cost $175 Billion to bring every one of these children out of poverty.
    1. The Pentagon Corporate War Machine loses $8.5 trillion dollars.
    2. The Federal Reserve Audit shows trillions spent on foreign banks and corporations without authorization from Congress or the President.
    3. Republicans refuse to close the $5.3 Trillion in global Oil Subsidies.

  5. but McConnell’s insistence on cutting Congressional Democrats out of the process may sink the negotiations before they ever get started.

  6. McConnell is trying to appease the extremists in the Senate as well to try to hold on to power. If he does, he’ll end up going the way of Boehner anyway. They haven’t learned that you can’t appease these guys. They’ll always want more the more you give in to them.

  7. repubs don’t care especially if they are in the House. They are sitting in safe seats and doing what their voters want & support.

  8. I would gladly donate to a massive marketing campaign to get our views out. We don’t have what the repubs have who pound on us 24/7. If only someone with tech savy knowledge would propose that to the Dems in DC.

  9. This’ll mean Ted Cruz will throw another tantrum because he didn’t get to shut down the government.
    Kudos to the Dems that got this passed.

  10. Republicans brought this on themselves. They accepted the extremes into their party to gain power. Although in McConnells mind the senate would be to hard to gerrymander. The stupid over the top voices took hold and a lot of moderate republicans had to follow to hold on to their senate seats. Now McConnell has to bend over…….a lot to appease these guys. Nothing more than he desserves!

  11. I always love the use of extreamist. Change one little thing and it is extreamist. Dems say clean or nothing and it normal? Is that compromise? redirect funding while an investigation is conducted, not even cut funding… What I will agree on is it is the GOP’s fault for not doing proper funding in advace with many bills instead of one big bill as was started a few year back…

  12. Before you call someone an extreamist. learn how to spell it
    extremist. Now please deposit one dollar for my time

  13. The more I think about it and the irony is so delicious is that since citizen united PP has corporate personhood meaning they can sue in a court of law for libel.

    Maybe they can have a fundraiser and sue these ratfukers .

  14. Mark Rubio and Lindsey Graham didn’t show to vote? Does this mean they did not want to get on Cruz’s “bad side” by voting for the budget? Or their donors? Just pick one.

  15. Why should they bother to do that? What We the People pay them is a drop in the proverbial bucket compared to the cash, perks, and post-Congressional careers offered by those they truly represent.

    The approval rating for Congress as a whole has been as low as 9%, yet they are still in office. The Voice of the Voter falls on deaf ears on the Hill.

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