VP Pence just cast an important vote in the Senate to break a 50-50 tie. This legislation is to set aside an Obama era rule that prohibited States from withholding funds from Planned Parenthood. This is a win for States over Federal bureaucrats. It was just one more example of overreach by the Executive Branch under Barack Obama. Two months ago, the House voted 230-188 along party lines for a similar bill. Things are looking better for the States to spend the funds as they want to.
As Written and Reported By Nicole Gaudiano for USA Today:
WASHINGTON — Vice President Pence cast a tie-breaking Senate vote Thursday to pass legislation that will allow states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other health care providers that perform abortions.
The measure, which now goes to President Trump for his signature, dismisses an Obama-era rule banning states from denying federal funds to such organizations.
Pence’s vote was needed to break a 50-50 tie. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska broke with their party, voting against the measure.
Republicans have said the Obama rule should be overturned to allow states the right to steer funds away from abortion providers if they choose.
Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, said the measure reverses a rule that “attempted to empower federal bureaucrats in Washington and silence our states.”
Democrats condemned the measure throughout the day, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York calling it “another example of the Republican war on women.”
“It would let states treat women as second-class citizens who don’t deserve the same access to health care as men,” he said.
The House in February had voted 230-188 largely along party lines to reject the rule…..
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