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Boehner Said to Propose Plan to Avoid Government Shutdown.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. As one of his last moves as House Speaker, John Boehner set the House on course to avoid a government shutdown by advancing a stopgap spending measure free of a dispute over Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding.Facing increasing pressure from Republican state lawmakers, the University of Missouri announced it will no longer grant hospital privileges to the only physician providing abortion services at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia.Why today’s Values Voter gathering will be fascinating to watch… The lineup: Rubio 9:25 am ET, Cruz 10:15 am, Santorum 11:00 am, Trump 11:40 am, Huckabee 2:40 pm, Carson 3:00 pm… Understanding Pope Francis’ politics… Boehner to delay effort to defund Planned Parenthood – by moving it to the reconciliation process?… Senate set to vote on clean CR on Monday and Tuesday… Hillary is losing to Sanders by 16 points (!!!) in New Hampshire, per CNN/WMUR poll… Biden Watch: Guess who’s coming to the Human Right Campaign’s dinner… U.S. and China will announce steps to curb climate change… And “Meet” this Sunday has Hillary and Fiorina.

— AND EXPECT MORE ABORTION VOTES AND MORE ON P’P: Boehner is also “expected to announce Friday morning in a closed meeting that the House will ramp up its oversight of Planned Parenthood, and immediately begin drafting a budget reconciliation bill that would strip the group of its government funding,” our Hill team reports. “That bill will only need 51 votes to pass the Senate, and is likely to reach President Barack Obama’s desk. Boehner (R-Ohio), faced with a constant conservative rebellion, told Republicans Friday morning that he will resign at the end of October, according to aides and lawmakers in a closed-door meeting. “The resignation will end a nearly five-year reign as speaker, allowing House Republicans to approve a short-term government funding bill that will avert a shutdown of federal agencies. The speaker plans to spell out the approach to members during a private meeting Friday, said two Republican aides who sought anonymity to discuss the plan. The announcement came after he informed conservatives privately on Thursday afternoon that he would reject their demand to use a must-pass government-wide funding bill as a means to carry the battle against Planned Parenthood to President Barack Obama.

Furthermore, Boehner and the GOP leadership will announce additional votes on anti-abortion legislation.” — For example: The House is setting up a vote next week on a bill from Rep. He’s trying to satisfy about 30 members who say they are willing to shut down the government if defunding Planned Parenthood isn’t linked to a spending bill. Wyden, a Democrat, spoke to reporters at the Planned Parenthood offices in Portland, where he held a press conference backing the organization as conservatives try to cut off its federal funding. The move was prompted by inquiries by Republican lawmakers, who questioned whether the publicly funded university should be associating with Planned Parenthood.

Sean Duffy to allow states to exclude Planned Parenthood from their Medicaid programs, based on their “involvement with abortions.” Three Republican-led states that have moved to cut Planned Parenthood clinics from their Medicaid programs in the past month are facing lawsuits. A group of Republican lawmakers has vowed not to vote for any budget that includes money for Planned Parenthood, threatening a partial government shutdown after the federal fiscal year ends Sept. 30. “The real question for me is how the speaker will spend these next few weeks, particularly this week, using his influence, and my hope is that his priority will be keeping the government open,” Wyden said.

Under state law, a doctor can only perform abortions if they have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortions are taking place. “This is a continuation of the orchestrated attempt to restrict access to safe, legal abortion in Missouri and to the critical services Planned Parenthood has provided for nearly 100 years,” Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri President and CEO Laura McQuade said in a statement. The Obama administration has warned those states their moves are likely illegal because Medicaid law allows enrollees to see providers of their choosing. Meanwhile, the head of Planned Parenthood’s Oregon political arm said the organization considered participating in a hearing in the state House requested by Republicans.

Not so much that a shutdown over the spending bill was in the offing, but that Boehner’s scalp would be enough to satisfy those who were prepared to either block that bill if it included Planned Parenthood funding. But Mary Nolan said Republicans used language that suggested they wanted to have an ideological debate about abortion. “We support and love to engage in fact based data, information that is actually descriptive of what we do,” Nolan said. “But late last week it became very clear that that was not the conversation that the Republicans wanted to have.” Republicans say they’re asking questions raised by their constituents after secretly recorded videos raised questions about Planned Parenthood’s handling of fetal tissue “We didn’t talk about shutting them down. The idea, not yet final, was defended by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican and his party’s 2012 vice-presidential nominee. “I share the frustration with this organization, but I think we ought to be honest with people about what we can actually achieve given the constitutional constraints we have,” Ryan told CNN on Thursday.

The House and Senate committees expanded their investigation into the Columbia Planned Parenthood facility when it was announced it was resuming abortions after having ceased performing the procedures for several years. “This joyous outcome is proof positive that these committee investigations matter and the result will have eternal significance,” said Sen. Such allegations haven’t come up in any of the CMP videos thus far, and Planned Parenthood strongly denies the allegations that its clinics profit from donation practices. “The sad and horrifying reality is that in the United States of America, 2015, there are for-profit companies and taxpayer-funded abortion clinics where every day, people harvest and sell the body parts of aborted children,” he’ll say. “Planned Parenthood’s flagship location in the capital of our nation was one such clinic for baby parts trafficking.” RUMOR MILL: IS HHS WORKING ON DRUG COST CONTAINMENT PLAN? — Twitter set off rumors about imminent White House plans to control drug spending Thursday afternoon, but in a week cluttered with stories about drug costs , this may be one proposal the drug industry doesn’t have to fret about — at least not for now.

Most recently, he’s questions the school’s decision to grant leave to a law professor who is running against him in the Republican primary for state attorney general. Rubio to propose tax credit for paid family leave: By the way, Rubio plans to start things off at the Values Voter summit by proposing a tax credit for family paid leave – an issue that Democrats (but not Republicans) have devoted so much attention to. “Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio wants to give a tax break to employers who give their workers paid family leave,” the AP writes. “The Florida senator says he will introduce his plan Friday morning when he speaks before the Values Voter Summit in Washington… Under his proposal, Rubio would give businesses a 25 percent tax credit for providing at least four weeks of paid family leave. Conservatives have said they are outraged by undercover videos purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing reimbursement for providing tissue from aborted fetuses to researchers. Maybe he was wrong, and the public would have seen through cries about obstructionist, anti-woman, ideological Republicans and understood Obama was the one keeping their Social Security checks from arriving and their parks from being open.

Also note the issues where he was specific (abolishing the death penalty, calling for action against global warming, demanding tolerance for immigrants) and where he was vague (on life and family). Dean Heller and Martin Heinrich, told your PULSEr he’s willing to work with that other pair on their legislation — though he admits he doesn’t know what the path forward might be for either piece of legislation. It’s clear that the issue is picking up steam — more than half the House supports repeal, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch has signed onto the Heller-Heinrich bill, too.

Boehner’s proposal was immediately panned by Heritage Action for America, a Washington-based lobbying group that promotes conservative public policies. “Using the budget reconciliation process for anything other than full repeal of Obamacare is a distraction, and means GOP leaders broke their promise,” said Dan Holler, a spokesman for the group. Maybe they’re right — or maybe the GOP got off easy because that shutdown coincided with the disastrous roll-out of the Obamacare exchange website, and Democrats simply took the brunt of that combined episode. Some of the Republican conservatives met privately with Boehner Thursday afternoon, and afterward Representative Matt Salmon of Arizona said they hadn’t reached any agreement with the speaker.

Flores said the measure “reads like Harry Reid’s wish list,” and that the RSC is preparing a number of amendments, including one to keep Iran sanctions in place. INTERESTING IN OUR INBOX — “AdvaMed Welcomes China President Xi Jinping.” Anyone remember the medical device manufacturer group welcoming any other foreign leaders, or only those with a possibly humongous market of potential device users? If it does, though, they’re set to talk about a bill to give physical therapists a way to transfer care for Medicare patients, another that would establish a medical home demonstration for cancer care, and a third that would change documentation requirements for home health providers. As my colleague Greg Bluestein has already noted, Georgia’s Tom Price will be part of the speculation, at least, as he’s positioned himself well over the past several years to make a jump in the leadership ranks.

That could also mean a big move up to the majority leader position. (Note: The only thing John Boehner’s ever done to me was make this announcement on what was supposed to be a day off. It’s easy to downplay some of Clinton’s current problems right now – she has a majority of Democrats endorsing her, she’s received the toughest press and most scrutiny of any presidential candidate out there, and she still has the easiest path to winning the nomination of any candidate (GOP or Dem). It would provide funding at an annual rate of $1.017 trillion, including an extra $700 million for fighting wildfires, more than the White House request of $450 million. The former senator and secretary of state met with The Des Moines Register’s editorial board for almost two hours this week and fielded questions on a wide range of subjects that demonstrated the depth and the breadth of her knowledge on foreign affairs, health care, the tax code, the economy and other matters.” More: But she also was defensive and, in some respects, evasive, when discussing her use of a private email server to conduct State Department business… [L]ike most politicians, Clinton’s greatest weakness seems to be her inability to recognize, or at least acknowledge, her own weaknesses.

Jeb: I’ll offer black voters hope, not “free stuff”: From one of us: “Jeb Bush suggested on Thursday that he wants to promise African-American voters ‘hope and aspiration’ rather than ‘free stuff.’ Asked by a white man at a South Carolina event how he planned to reach out to the black community, Bush responded: ‘Our message is one of hope and aspiration. The announcements will detail the two countries’ strategies for reaching emissions targets and aim to bolster efforts to complete an international accord to reduce global carbon-dioxide emissions, which is meant to be wrapped up in December.” Obama holds a joint news conference with Xi at 12:00 pm ET, and the state dinner is later tonight. So rather than prey on their angst and fears, I’m taking a risk of trying to appeal to their hopes and dreams.” CLINTON: A good explanation from the New York Times on the complicated questions about the federal laws around the handling of intelligence information.

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