US Senate votes not to defund Planned Parenthood or repeal Obamacare

BREAKING: US Senate votes not to defund Planned Parenthood or repeal Obamacare

Claire Chretien

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Senate voted 55 to 45 today to reject the repealing of Obamacare and defunding of Planned Parenthood.

On Tuesday, Vice President Pence broke a tie in the Senate, which was divided 50-50 on whether to allow debate and voting to take place on the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), which repeals Obamacare.

Specifically, the vote today was on an amendment to the AHCA that would swap the AHCA with a simple repeal of Obamacare. The AHCA outlines some provisions “replacing” Obamacare.

In 2015, the Senate passed similar language ending Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood.

Republican Senators John McCain, Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Lamar Alexander, and Dean Heller all voted “no” on the straight repeal of Obamacare and defund of Planned Parenthood. The failed amendment also included a ban of federal funding of abortion.

All of those senators except for Collins voted “yes” on this bill back in 2015, when it was obvious President Obama would veto it.

Today’s vote doesn’t mean that the Senate still won’t end up repealing (and possibly replacing) Obamacare and defunding Planned Parenthood. The process of Senate debate over the AHCA – and introductions of various amendments to it – will carry on throughout the week.

However, today’s vote showed which Republicans flip-flopped on their opposition to Obamacare.

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5 comments on “US Senate votes not to defund Planned Parenthood or repeal Obamacare

  1. [More details from LifeNews]

    Senate Votes Down Amendment to Defund Planned Parenthood and Repeal Obamacare

    STEVEN ERTELT
    JUL 26, 2017

    The U.S. Senate today voted down an amendment that would have repealed Obamacare in 2 years and defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

    As LifeNews.com reported yesterday, the Senate voted to proceed to debate on legislation that would both repeal Obamacare as well as defund the nation’s biggest abortion company. Now senators are hashing out the language of such a bill. Today’s first idea was one to repeal Obamacare in a two-year process as well as defending Planned Parenthood. However pro-abortion Republicans, along with a couple of moderate Republicans who support Planned Parenthood defunding, voted no.

    The defeat of the amendment is not to say that the fight to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare is over. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans will continue working to put together legislation that can appeal to enough Republicans to achieve 50 votes and passage.

    The following members of the Senate voted against the amendment. These are members pro-life Advocate should continue calling and emailing to persuade to support legislation to revoke taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion Factory as well as repealing Obamacare, which funds abortion: John McCain, Rob Portman, Dean Heller, Laram Alexander, Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.

    Yesterday, two pro-abortion Republicans — Senator Susan Collins of Maine and Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — both voted no on the motion to proceed. A third pro-abortion Republican senator Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia voted in favor of advancing the bill for a debate after initially opposing such a vote in recent days.

    Also complicating efforts is the news that the Senate parliamentarian may have killed the Senate bill that would defund the Planned Parenthood abortion business and repeal Obamacare.

    Senate Republicans have been using the reconciliation Bill to get around a filibuster by pro-abortion Democrats who oppose defunding the nation’s biggest abortion company and repealing prohibition Obamacare that has included taxpayer-financed abortions.

    The parliamentarian issued guidance saying that key portions of the defunding measure require 60 votes to pass. That’s a departure from the ruling the parliamentarian issued in 2015 concerning the same bill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. The ruling then paved the way for a 50-vote passage and sending the bill to pro-abortion President Barack Obama, who vetoed it.

    Getting 50 votes for the bill to defund Planned Parenthood has been a difficult enough prospect because three pro-abortion Republican women oppose defunding the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Requiring 60 votes for ultimate passage of the legislation would essentially kill it.

    But there could be a solution.

    As the Washington Times reports, “Some conservatives argue that Vice President Mike Pence, as president of the Senate, can overrule the parliamentarian while presiding over the chamber, though many Republicans are leery of making such a bold move”:

    The office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said the parliamentarian’s guidance is not a ruling and there is time to tweak the language, though the roadblock further clouds plans to vote Tuesday to take up a House-passed bill, work through amendments and reach for final passage.

    It’s unclear whether enough senators will take leadership’s advice and vote to act on the bill this week or risk pushing members of the Republican base to link arms with Democrats to block debate.

    With Sen. John McCain of Arizona absent because of his sudden cancer diagnosis, Republican leaders cannot afford more than one defection and still proceed with the bill or pass a plan.

    “We are going to vote this week, and I think until the vote is actually on the floor of the Senate, some people may not tell you what they’re actually going to do,” Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, told CBS’ “Face the Nation. “We all got elected to legislate, and that’s why we’re here.”

    The White House is imploring senators to start debate so they can throw Obamacare into the dustbin, saying they are just a few votes shy of fulfilling their seven-year promise.

    “ObamaCare is dead and the Democrats are obstructionists, no ideas or votes, only obstruction. It is solely up to the 52 Republican Senators!” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.

    More at www.lifenews.com/2017/07/26/senate-votes-down-amendment-to-defund-planned-parenthood-and-repeal-obamacare/

  2. Yeah, yeah. It was a bad bill, so the PP part didn’t matter. There are going to be more amendments and votes until they agree on a bill. Just hold on until they pass something and the House and Senate conference on it. Not that we’ll get what we want. I hope they keep PP out of the ObamaCare repeal and handle it separately. It is absolutely critical that they get rid of the mandates which are choking small business and forcing Christians to go against their consciences.

    • Now it’s failure, thanks to the criminal McCain and more.

      May the Republican party, the last chance to remove the shackles of death-care, rest in peace.

      • Agreed. The “Grand Old Party” is nothing but a “Grand Old Disaster” IMO and people like McCain are agents of Satan.

      • I prefer “May God have mercy on the GOP’s soul,” a phrase which Wikipedia defines as “used within courts in various legal systems by judges pronouncing a sentence of death upon a person found guilty of a crime that requires a death sentence.”

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