McConnell: Senate will vote on abortion bill Tuesday
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Mueller report is a deterrent to government service Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age 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 Cornyn Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Trump struggles to reshape Fed Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks 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 GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions 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 AyotteNew Hampshire senator to ask 2020 Dems to back repeal of state residency law Schultz recruiting GOP insiders ahead of possible 2020 bid Bottom Line MORE (N.H.) and Mark KirkMark Steven KirkThe global reality behind 'local' problems Dems vow swift action on gun reform next year This week: Trump heads to Capitol Hill 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 CollinsSenate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump GOP senator: 'No problem' with Mueller testifying MORE (R-Maine), considered one of the Senate's more moderate Republicans.