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Senate Rejects Measures To Defund Planned Parenthood And Affordable Care Act

Not surprisingly, the Senate rejected two measures that House Republicans had considered rather important:

The Senate on Thursday defeated two resolutions to amend the fiscal year 2011 spending bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood and all funds to implement last year’s healthcare reform law.

The House passed both resolutions just hours before.

Votes on the defunding measures in both the House and the Senate were a condition Republicans insisted upon as part of last week’s agreement with the White House and Democrats on funding for the rest of FY 2011.

The Senate defeated the Planned Parenthood amendment 42-58. The House passed that resolution 240-185.

The Senate defeated the bill to defund the healthcare law 47-53. The House passed that resolution 245-189.

Both measures were required to meet a 60-vote threshold.

The healthcare vote was a straight party line vote, but the vote on Planned Parenthood funding saw five Republicans join the Democrats to defeat the measure – Scott Brown (MA), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (ME), Mark Kirk (IL), and Lisa Murkowski (AK). These measures will likely come up again in reference to the FY 2013 and 2013 budgets, but this vote indicates pretty clearly that they have no chance of making it past the Senate.

 

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  1. Axel Edgren says:

    Jobs bills?

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  2. legion says:

    I’d say Scott Brown has well and truly ditched the Tea Partiers who got him elected & decided to become his own man. Let’s hope it’s a good one.

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  3. The Tea Party didn’t get Scott Brown elected.

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  4. Wiley Stoner says:

    Where do you think the money came from Doug. You? Many Tea Party members and affiliates sent money to Brown. I know I did because he had a R after his name and it was a Kennedy seat. That will not happen again. Doug you are, at times, as smart as Mantis and Anjin. Good huh?

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  5. Tlaloc says:

    They certainly helped. Brown was quite the darling of the wingnuts right up until he got elected and actually started voting.

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  6. Wiley Stoner says:

    Wingnuts. I guess lefties like you are just plain red nuts. In your case blue nuts. Tlaloc. The real good thing about the vote on this issue is we will hear about that vote again. The you can judge accurately the power of the Tea Party. There are a lot of folks who are against Obamacare and are not in to funding an abortion mill with federal tax dollars. Planned Parenthood is a private business which shoud be self funded. Wonder if they turn the million of dead babies into some sort of food?

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  7. Wiley Stoner says:

    You know what kind of food. The kind they serve and Democratic fund raisers.

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  8. @legion:

    Scott Brown never really embraced the teabaggers. In fact, he kept them at a comfortable distance when he was campaigning.

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  9. Doug you are, at times, as smart as Mantis and Anjin. Good huh?

    They’re not the ones who gave money to a campaign that was obviously going to ditch them as soon as the election was over.

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  10. anjin-san says:

    Hmmm. “wiley” has not threatened to kill anyone on this thread. Yet.

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  11. anjin-san says:

    Well no doubt America will be a much freer place if the GOP can kill PP and but an end to the cancer screening and other horrible work that goes on with federal $$$. If not, the republic is lost…

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  12. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    …but this vote indicates pretty clearly that they have no chance of making it past the Senate.

    Or clearly indicates who needs to be targeted in the next elections, depending on your point of view.

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  13. Tlaloc says:

    Yet another indication that the teabaggers can pummel the GOP in primaries but can’t seem to get anything done policy wise. Not that I’m complaining mind you. Not. At. All.

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  14. Tlaloc says:

    Or clearly indicates who needs to be targeted in the next elections, depending on your point of view.

    Go for it.

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  15. Ben says:

    Do you guys really think that you’re going to get a pro-life so-con elected to the senate in Massa-freakin-chusetts? The reason Scott Brown won is because the Democrats nominated one of the most contemptuous candidates in recent memory. Martha Coakley was such a terrible choice that several of my party-line-democrat friends voted for Brown.

    Trust me, no So-Con will ever be elected in a statewide election in MA. Brown is as conservative as you’re gonna get. Or Romney. And not the Romney who’s running for president. The Romney from 10 years ago who was basically a centrist.

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  16. Jay Tea says:

    Brown got the conservative support he got not because he was a lockstep conservative, but because — as Ben says — he was the best they could hope for in MA. No matter how he votes, pretty much, he will end up being more of a conservative than any Democrat from Massachusetts would ever be.

    And Coakley’s biggest problem was her sheer incompetence, going back years. She was a lousy campaigner, true, but she was an even worse candidate and even worse public servant. She doesn’t deserve her current position, or anything else above dog-catcher.

    The key point here is that Harry Reid actually lived up to his promise, and allowed a vote. It was doomed from the outset, but he did something he really, really didn’t want to do as part of the compromise. And that’s significant.

    J.

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  17. mantis says:

    Many Tea Party members and affiliates sent money to Brown. I know I did because he had a R after his name and it was a Kennedy seat.

    Sucker.

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  18. mantis says:

    The key point here is that Harry Reid actually lived up to his promise, and allowed a vote. It was doomed from the outset, but he did something he really, really didn’t want to do as part of the compromise. And that’s significant.

    We got the Senate to waste some time for no reason. Victory!

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