Centrists push to take Planned Parenthood out of ObamaCare repeal bill
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Three Senate Republicans are seeking to remove a provision from an ObamaCare repeal bill that would strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood.  

Centrist Republican Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkAdvocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Funding the fight against polio Ex-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby MORE (Ill.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiFinally, GOP lawmakers prove conservation and conservatism go hand-in-hand Alaska political mess has legislators divided over meeting place Republican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' MORE (Alaska), who are both up for reelection, have filed an amendment with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRepublicans make U-turn on health care Children urge Congress to renew funds for diabetes research Justice Democrats issues 3 new endorsements for progressive candidates MORE (Maine) that would remove the Planned Parenthood language from the reconciliation proposal now on the Senate floor.
 
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The amendment has only been filed and is not yet scheduled for a vote. 
 
The three senators have voiced concerns over the decision to link Planned Parenthood funding to the ObamaCare repeal bill and have remained tightlipped about whether they would support the legislation during a final vote.

The section of the bill would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and redirect the money to other community health centers.  
 
Kirk previously voted against a stand-alone bill to cut federal money for the organization. 
 
Republican leaders have expressed confidence that they would be able to get the 51 votes needed to clear the reconciliation bill through the Senate this week. 
 
 
"We've been working very closely to try to come up with a consensus piece of legislation," he told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. 
 
Democrats have repeatedly slammed Republicans for trying to use the ObamaCare repeal bill to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood.
 
Separately, Sens. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayPolitical 'solutions' to surprise medical billing will make the problem worse On The Money: Labor secretary under fire over Epstein plea deal | Trump defends Acosta as Dems call for ouster | Biden releases tax returns showing steep rise in income | Tech giants to testify at House antitrust hearing Senate sets new voting record with Iran war measure MORE (D-Wash.) and Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenAdvocates frustrated over pace of drug price reform 2020 Democrats push tax hike on wealthy investors Hillicon Valley: FTC reportedly settles with Facebook for B fine | Trump calls to regulate Facebook's crypto project | Court rules Pentagon can award B 'war cloud' contract | Study shows automation will hit rural areas hardest MORE (D-Ore.) have offered an amendment to remove the defunding language from the reconciliation package.
 
"Women’s health care should not be controversial, much less cause for violence, in the 21st century. Women and their families have had enough," she said earlier Wednesday.
 
Even if senators aren't able to get the defunding of Planned Parenthood removed from the legislation, President Obama is expected to veto the bill if it reaches his desk.