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Senate Passes Spending Bill Hours Before Shutdown Deadline

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

WASHINGTON — 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. 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.

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.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.WASHINGTON—The Senate on Wednesday passed a short-term spending bill keeping the government running through Dec. 11, putting Congress on track to avoid another government shutdown with little time to spare.A temporary funding measure that would keep the government open past a midnight deadline has sailed through the Senate and should shortly make its way through a badly divided House and on to President Barack Obama by Wednesday night. 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.

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. 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. The approach 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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. We’re going to procure brain,’” O’Donnell said. “She takes the scissors and she makes a small incision … and goes, I would say to maybe a little bit through the mouth, and she was like, ‘OK, can you go the rest of the way?’”

Its fate had been certain since last week, when House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) said he would bring a spending bill maintaining current funding levels to the House floor, expected to pass with the help of Democrats, and resign from Congress at the end of October. 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. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who’s made defunding Planned Parenthood a rallying cry in his presidential campaign, couldn’t gather enough support from fellow Republicans to push the defunding rider through.

At issue are efforts to increase the operating budgets for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies still operating under automatic spending curbs that would effectively freeze their budgets 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. But Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters on Tuesday that he is worried that fights over spending caps, Planned Parenthood and overall government funding could lead to a shutdown in December. “We need to agree on a number that abandons sequestration which nobody really believes will work,” Hoyer said. “We need to come to a budget agreement and I’ve been urging the majority leader to do that for the last few months and I’m hopeful that within the next 30 days we will accomplish that objective.” 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 brought 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. But GOP leaders intent on proving they can govern a Congress now fully under their control refused to repeat the protest over the health-care law that led to a 16-day partial government shutdown in 2013. 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. 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. 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.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Tuesday he hoped to strike a deal with Democrats setting budget levels through fiscal year 2017. 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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