GOP senator: Don't link Planned Parenthood to ObamaCare repeal

Moderate Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump aide: Mueller probe 'has gone well beyond' initial scope Trump attorney Cohen overshadows Mueller probe Collins: Comey should have waited to release his memoir MORE (Maine) is signaling she doesn't want congressional efforts to repeal ObamaCare tied to ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  

"Obviously I'm not happy to hear that the Speaker wants to include defunding of Planned Parenthood, an extremely controversial issue, in the package," Collins told reporters on Thursday. 
 
But she stopped short of saying the provision, if included, would force her to vote against the measure, pledging that she would "wait and see what happens." 
 
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Republicans are using reconciliation, a budget tactic that will require only 50 Senate votes instead of 60, to repeal ObamaCare. They have a 52-seat majority; no Democrat has said they will vote for repeal. 
 
House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanLieu rips Ryan after Waffle House shooting: ‘When will you stop silencing us?’ To succeed in Syria, Democrats should not resist Trump policy House Republicans prepare to battle for leadership slots MORE (R-Wis.) told reporters earlier Thursday that cutting off federal funding for the women's health organization would be included in the House's repeal measure. 

“Planned Parenthood legislation will be in our reconciliation bill,” Ryan said, though he didn't provide additional details. 

Collins added on Thursday that she believes there are a "significant number" of House Republicans, led by Rep. Charlie Dent (Pa.), who don't support linking Planned Parenthood defunding to the reconciliation bill. 

Collins paired up with GOP Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenators press administration on mental health parity Overnight Energy: Watchdogs unveil findings on EPA, Interior controversies | GAO says EPA violated law with soundproof booth | IG says Zinke could have avoided charter flight | GOP chair probes Pruitt's four email addresses GOP fractures over push to protect Russia probe MORE (Alaska) and Mark KirkMark Steven KirkHigh stakes as Trump heads to Hill Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting Giffords, Scalise highlight party differences on guns MORE (Ill.) in 2015 to try to strip a provision defunding Planned Parenthood from the Senate's ObamaCare repeal bill. 

Collins said Thursday she "may well" offer a similar amendment to the Senate's new version, but stressed that she couldn't predict what would be in the final legislation or what would pass the House. 

Senate GOP leadership has given few details on what will be in their repeal bill, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP senator: Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics' Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees MORE (Ky.) told reporters this week that the repeal effort would be "very similar" to 2015's.