“Now they want to beat them [women] up on the Senate floor,” said Mikulski. “Well, we are going to stand up and we are not going to tolerate women being pushed around and being targets of this war.”
Mikulski hailed Planned Parenthood as “one of the most single important healthcare providers particularly to young women” and insisted the Senate’s 13 Democratic women would stand as the last line of defense to protect its funding.
“Just because Republicans are still in the dark ages doesn't mean women want to go back to them, and that’s why we the Democratic women will be voting against the riders,” said Mikulski.
Leaders in Congress and the White House agreed to up-or-down House and Senate votes on the healthcare law and Planned Parenthood as a condition of the budget agreement struck Friday.
Passage of either of the health-related amendments in the House would not automatically mean they are attached to the fiscal 2011 spending bill — the Senate would have to approve them as well, which is not expected to happen.
“We will be the last line of defense for women in America,” Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) said on the Senate floor. “We will be here tomorrow to fight this battle for women.”