McConnell: Senate will vote on abortion bill Tuesday
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHas Trump beaten the system? Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony MORE (R-Ky.) says that the Senate will take an initial vote on legislation restricting abortions after 20 weeks on Tuesday.

A spokesman for McConnell added that the Republican leader will file cloture on a motion to proceed to the House-passed bill on Thursday, which will tee up Tuesday's vote.


McConnell added that the Senate will spend Monday debating the legislation.

The announcement comes a day after Republicans fast-tracked the House-passed bill, allowing it to skip over the committee process and go straight to the Senate floor for a vote.

Republican leadership is under pressure to use a government spending bill to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of a string of controversial undercover videos on Planned Parenthood.

Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSchumer feels pressure from all sides on spending strategy Data reveal big opportunity to finish the vaccine job GOP senators invite Yellen to brief them on debt ceiling expiration, inflation MORE (R-Texas), the Senate's No. 2 Republican, told reporters earlier this week that the vote on the 20-week ban was an "important vote" for the upper chamber to take while lawmakers continue investigating the organization.

But the legislation faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to overcome Tuesday's procedural hurdle.

A similar bill introduced by Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.), has divided Republicans up for reelection next year, and failed to gain a single Democratic supporter.

GOP Sens. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyottePoll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal Sununu seen as top recruit in GOP bid to reclaim Senate MORE (N.H.) and Mark KirkMark Steven KirkDuckworth announces reelection bid Brave new world: Why we need a Senate Human Rights Commission  Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls MORE (Ill.), both of who are up for reelection in blue-leaning states, haven't signed on to the bill. Neither has Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Infrastructure vote fails; partisan feud erupts over Jan. 6 panel Senate falling behind on infrastructure MORE (R-Maine), considered one of the Senate's more moderate Republicans.