McConnell tees up Planned Parenthood vote
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' MORE (R-Ky.) has teed up a Monday vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.  

The Republican leader filed cloture Thursday on a motion to proceed to legislation that would block federal funding for the agency and redirect it to other women's health organizations. 
 
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McConnell told reporters the procedural vote would come Monday, with Republican leadership likely facing an uphill battle to get 60 votes to move the legislation forward. 
 
The vote comes as a fourth video was released Thursday showing a Planned Parenthood official discussing its fetal tissue donation program. The graphic video shows a Colorado medical director speaking through a surgeon’s mask as she identifies fetal parts in a lab. 
 
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried to link McConnell to Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue research, suggesting that the Kentucky Republican helped legalize it. 

“When [legislation] was passed enabling research to go forward, I remind that Mitch McConnell voted for that,” she told reporters, referring to a 1993 bill that allows federal funds to be used for medical research involving fetal tissue, under certain conditions.

McConnell defended his record later Thursday when asked about the allegations made by Pelosi and outside groups this week. 

"I've had a long-standing opposition to the funding of Planned Parenthood," he said. "Frequently in the legislative process things come up that you can't entirely dictate every aspect of. But my record on life issues and Planned Parenthood is 100 percent."