Friday, December 4, 2015

U.S. Senate votes to defund Planned Parenthood

Last night, the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 to repeal major parts of Obamacare and place a 1 year moratorium on most taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. This is the first time in history either has cleared Congress. President Obama has indicated that he will veto the legislation.

The Senate voted, 52 to 47, on Thursday night to repeal large portions of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The repeal was wrapped inside a budget reconciliation bill that needed a simple majority of 51 senators to make good on a longstanding promise to voters that a GOP-led Congress would eliminate large portions of Obamacare. But after months of pressure from conservatives, Senate leaders decided to add language to defund Planned Parenthood that not every Republican senator supports.