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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Senate Expected To Vote On Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood

On Monday, September 21, 2015, Senate Republicans began the Senate's fast-track process on the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) that would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  On Friday, September 18, 2015, on a 241-187 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 505 ) the House of Representatives passed the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134; Text of Legislation) a bill that would place a one-year freeze on federal funding for the organization, giving lawmakers more time to investigate claims of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood that were made in a string of recorded videos. 

The process, known as Rule 14,  that was started by U.S. Senator of Oklahoma James Lankford (R) would allow the legislation to skip over the Senate's committee process and go straight to the Senate floor where it can be brought up for a vote. (1)  

Also, Senate Republicans began the fast-track process on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504). On September 18, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504; Text of Legislation) on a 248-177 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 506 ) a measure that would tighten restrictions on abortion physicians who violate infant protections. 

On defunding Planned Parenthood, Senate Democrats filibustered and blocked legislation to revoke $550 million in taxpayer funding several weeks ago. And the bill was threatened with a veto by President Barack Obama. After 10 shocking videos found that it has sold aborted babies and their body parts, White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed that President Obama will veto any bill that defunds Planned Parenthood. Earnest told reporters, “We've been quite forthright about the President's opposition to any effort to wholesale defund Planned Parenthood.” (2)

“Several thousand” unborn babies would be saved from the nightmare of abortion a new Congressional report finds by defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business — even for one year.  Also, the federal government would save $235 million by defunding Planned Parenthood finds the report.  

The Obama administration says President Barack Obama would veto the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504) despite passage of the bill.  And explaining the opposition to the measure the position statement said the bill “would impose new legal requirements related to the provision of abortion services in certain circumstances, which would likely have a chilling effect, reducing access to care.” (3)

An exact date for a vote on the measures has not been confirmed but the moves come as lawmakers try to pass legislation that would fund the government as they face a looming end-of-month deadline. To use the government spending bill to defund Planned Parenthood, Republican leadership is under pressure from conservative members. (4) However, as part of a bill to fund the government, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) suggested on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, that the Senate will take a vote this week.  Senator Reid said from the Senate floor, "On Thursday we're going to be in a real difficult time squeeze. We're going to have another vote, abortion related, on Planned Parenthood. And then we're going to have to try to figure out a way to fund the government. This responsibility is on the Republicans." (5)

Furthermore, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) is widely expected to release a "clean" spending measure that continues funding for the group with Democrats opposed to a spending bill blocking funds for Planned Parenthood over abortion. First, on Thursday, September 24, 2015, legislation that would keep the government operating but block funds for Planned Parenthood will be considered by the Senate.  Expected to fail on a procedural motion is the bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) could bring up the clean funding bill once that procedural vote fails.  

Additional Reading : 

1.    Jordain Carney, “Senate GOP starts fast-track on bill to block Planned Parenthood funding,” The Hill, September 21, 2015. 

2.    Steven Ertelt, “Senate Fast-Tracks Bill to De-Fund Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz, Vote Expected Soon,” Lifenews.com, September 22, 2015. 

3.    Steven Ertelt, “Senate Bill Holds Planned Parenthood Criminally Liable for Harvesting Aborted Babies Still Alive,” Lifenews.com, September 23, 2015. 

4.    Jordain Carney, “McConnell fast-tracks bill to freeze Planned Parenthood funding,” The Hill, September 22, 2015. 

5.    Jordain Carney, “Reid: Senate will take up Planned Parenthood vote Thursday,” The Hill, September 22, 2015.  

6.    Rebecca Shabad, “Heritage urges 'no' votes on spending bill with Planned Parenthood funds,” The Hill, September 23, 2015. 

What Can You Do?    

Urge your senators to SUPPORT   the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504).  Also, urge your senators to OPPOSE a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that continues funding of Planned Parenthood. 

Contact Information:  

Capitol Hill Switchboard Number: 202-224-3121 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your senators office.)

Contact Information:  

To go to your senators' websites, find their E-mail or to find out who your senators are... http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm     

  Addressing Correspondence: 

The Honorable (full name)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510   

Dear Senator (last name):


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