Welp, it looks like the Senate is going to push through a spending bill that will include provisions aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood, with an increase in military spending by upwards of $13 billion dollars. Shortly thereafter, they will apparently be attempting to pass a clean spending bill – Planned Parenthood intact – which will then be sent to the House of Representatives. Make no mistake, the Senate already failed in defunding Planned Parenthood back in August, and they’ll hardly success now. McConnell knows what happened back in 2013, and does not want a repeat, I dare say that Boehner doesn’t either, but lacks the zeal in selling that case to the House of Representatives. We’ll see. Naturally, we have Rand Paul and Ted Cruz at the helm of their respective ships the Beaver and the Dartmouth. Oh, the puns.* But jokes aside, Paul and Cruz could push back McConnell’s efforts in a Senate backed CR being sent to the House, where it is sure to meet opposition. Don’t forget, the House is controlled by the Republican party, and their successful passage of their last attempt to defund Planned Parenthood succeeded on party lines, with all but three Republican’s voting for it.
I, for one, believe that Congress needs to pass a clean appropriations bill, or stop gap measure, and then spend the next several months dishing out economic prerogatives. The entire government does not need to be shutdown over Planned Parenthood.
Expect some posts in the near future with a full blown discussion on Planned Parenthood, abortion, and moral fundamentalism!
*The Beaver, Dartmouth, and Eleanor were three ships that saw their cargo pushed into the Boston Harbor in 1773. If you’ve still not figured out why it is that my referencing them are puns – i’ll make it simple. Paul and Cruz have made a habit of filibustering on issues that they have strong points of view on, and they’re both essentially part of the modern Tea Party alignment of the right wing. I.e., they’re both at the helm of a ship aimed at bringing chaos into Congress. It may not be tea being spewed into the Boston Harbor, but it’s certainly vitriol being spilled onto the Senate floor. Oh, the puns.