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

Moderate Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday 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 RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan 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 MurkowskiThe siren of Baton Rouge Interior plan to use drilling funds for new projects met with skepticism The 14 GOP senators who voted against Trump’s immigration framework 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 McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE (Ky.) told reporters this week that the repeal effort would be "very similar" to 2015's.