Senate approves temporary spending bill; House to follow

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Averting government shut down, Senate passes temporary spending bill, House vote to follow.

In an environment where short-term thinking increasingly trumps long-term strategy, the Republican congressional campaign to defund Planned Parenthood may be setting a new standard for political myopia. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says she respects the religious beliefs of Americans who oppose abortion, but is glad that her organization can help women who want to terminate their pregnancies.

If Republicans were at all interested in pulling in additional electoral support from women, specifically single women, they sure as hell didn’t show it during Tuesday’s congressional hearings on Planned Parenthood.WASHINGTON (AP) — A temporary funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline easily sailed through the Senate on Wednesday and was expected to make its way shortly through a divided House and on to President Barack Obama.The Senate easily passed a stopgap spending bill on Wednesday morning, and the House is expected to quickly clear it for President Barack Obama’s signature today, wrapping up the latest shutdown fight just hours before the fiscal year ends at midnight. All but one of the remaining Republican presidential candidates have endorsed the initiative, which may have crested with Tuesday’s inquisition of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. At a congressional hearing on taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, North Carolina Congressman Mark Walker said that as a former pastor, he had counseled women who regret their abortions as long as 25 years later.

That approach, favored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker John Boehner, has angered tea party lawmakers who wanted to use the must-pass measure to punish Planned Parenthood for its practices involving the supply of tissue from aborted fetuses for scientific research. The Senate showdown over government funding ended with a whimper, as conservatives couldn’t muster enough votes last week to advance a bill that also would have defunded Planned Parenthood.

Oklahoma Republican Steve Walker, referring to the donation of fetal tissue from abortions, said: “We can carve up a child and call it a choice.” But he added, “We cannot escape our accountability before the creator of life.” Most Democrats have rallied behind Planned Parenthood, and President Barack Obama has threatened to veto GOP legislation cutting its federal money. Specifically, the committee appears to be controlled by Republicans who are so revved up by the series of deceptively edited videos released by an outfit called the Center for Medical Progress that they jettisoned any pretense of civility in order mansplain, condescend to and generally interrupt Richards throughout her questioning. The group provides contraception, sexual disease testing and cancer screenings, as well as abortions, to 2.7 million patients annually in clinics from coast to coast. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Jim Jordan of Ohio were the primary instigators, hurling piles of red meat to their anti-choice supporters, not in the form of grandstanding or speechifying, but instead by bullying Richards and hectoring her about matters that have zero to do with the videos themselves.

His decision — and other House leadership races — have highlighted divisions between more pragmatic Republicans and a tea party wing that is increasingly dominant, especially in the rough-and-tumble House. And would.” Abortion survivors have consistently spoken out against Planned Parenthood, with two of them appealing to Congress earlier this month to defund the group.

GOP lawmakers and presidential hopefuls are accurately reflecting the anti-PP sentiment of Republican primary voters, who tend to be more religious and hostile to reproductive choice than the GOP’s general election habitués. In a wide-ranging press conference en route to Rome from his first-ever visit to the United States, Francis was asked about the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for several days after she refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples despite the Supreme Court’s ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide. The House was slated to approve the measure Wednesday afternoon, but GOP leaders need Democratic votes to balance out opposition from tea party supporters of “defunding” Planned Parenthood. Conservatives in both chambers wanted to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding after a series of leaked videos showed officials with the organizations allegedly discussing fetal tissues sales.

Having dodged the immediate threat of a government shutdown, congressional Republican leaders are looking ahead to talks with President Obama on a long-term budget pact. The bill would prevent a repeat of the partial federal shutdown of two years ago and finance the government through Dec. 11, which will provide 10 weeks of time to negotiate a more wide-ranging budget deal for the rest of fiscal 2016, which ends on Sept. 30, 2016. Unless you believe Tuesday’s show trial was a game changer – and there’s no evidence Planned Parenthood’s critics scored any body blows in their highly publicized show trial — the defunding campaign is likely to prove a long-term liability for the short-sighted Republicans who embraced it. At issue are efforts to increase the operating budgets for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies still operating under automatic curbs that would effectively freeze their spending at current levels. He said, “If a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right.” During his U.S. visit, the pope visited with the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who have challenged the Obama administration’s health care insurance mandate.

Just to give you a sense of how poorly Richards was treated by the Republicans on the panel, here’s a super-cut of all the times she was interrupted during the proceedings. Republican anger toward the women’s health organization has ballooned in the wake of undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fees for procuring fetal tissue for medical researchers. DOLAN SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say fires that heavily damaged or destroyed two churches across the street from one another in northwestern Arizona were intentionally set.

Many of the conservative GOP lawmakers who helped bring Boehner down want to preserve stringent “caps” on the spending bills Congress passes every year. Mohave County sheriff’s detectives are investigating the arson fires that were set Saturday at Mount Tipton Community Church and Dolan Springs Baptist Church. The Kingman Daily Miner reports that Zeller was waiting to learn if any part of the church was salvageable and if the congregation will be allowed back into the building.

According to the numbers attached to each line, the number of preventative services is three times the number of abortions performed, even though the ascent of abortions performed is depicted as equal and opposite of the descent of the screenings performed. A panel that oversees artwork at the statehouse voted 7-1 on Tuesday to authorize the privately funded monument’s removal after the state’s highest court ruled that it violates the Oklahoma Constitution.

Republicans say the videos, made by abortion foes posing as private purchasers, show Planned Parenthood has broken federal laws including a ban on for-profit fetal tissue sales. But since it was erected in 2012, several other groups have asked to have their own monuments installed, including the Church of Satan and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The most militant conservatives want to force more confrontations with the president, while others want to notch progress where they can. “It’s our responsibility to look at the facts of being in divided government,” said Rep. Moments later, Richards shot back: “My lawyers just informed me that the source of this information is Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group. The title echoes what Jesus told his apostles: “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, there you may be also.” The book surveys Scripture from Genesis to Revelation, showing how each book of the Bible presents people with choices that will ultimately lead them to heaven or hell.

I would check your source.” In truth, there’s really no relevance to Chaffetz’s chart whatsoever, other than to inject more GOP misinformation into the debate. After last week’s vote failed, McConnell on Monday orchestrated a bipartisan 77-19 vote on a funding bill — stripped of the Planned Parenthood provision — to force a final vote. “This bill hardly represents my preferred method for funding the government, but it’s now the most viable way forward after Democrats’ extreme actions forced our country into this situation,” McConnell said Tuesday of the stopgap measure.

By the way, if Chaffetz was really interested in the numbers contained within Planned Parenthood’s 2006-2013 report, he’d discover that Planned Parenthood saves millions of lives every year, while preventing an estimated 350,000 abortions annually through its contraceptive services. Just to recap: Florida investigators found zero evidence of illegal activity, but Scott’s office scrubbed those findings from the report, then added something about bogus charges being filed against several doctors — charges about which the investigators admitted to being mistaken. Now, in addition to the ongoing deceit, the Republicans are getting downright obnoxious about their behavior in these hearings, perhaps believing that if they’re petulant enough, they can distract their people from the falsehoods upon which their arguments rest.

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