Paul seeks to cut off Planned Parenthood funds via massive spending bill

Paul seeks to cut off Planned Parenthood funds via massive spending bill
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSunday shows preview: New members preview agendas after Democratic House takeover Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Lawmakers struggle with how to punish Saudi Arabia | Trump regrets not visiting Arlington for Veterans Day | North Korea deports detained American Hillicon Valley: Facebook reeling after NYT report | Dems want DOJ probe | HQ2 brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Judge upholds Russian troll farm indictments | Cyber moonshot panel unveils recommendations MORE (R-Ky.) wants to tie a fight over funding for Planned Parenthood to a massive government spending bill currently being debated by the Senate.

Paul has filed an amendment that would prevent federal funding from going to the organization and others that perform abortions. 

"This is our chance to turn our words into action, stand up for the sanctity of life, and speak out for the most innocent among us that have no voice," Paul said in a statement.

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The Kentucky Republican added that preventing taxpayer dollars from going to abortion providers should be "one of the top priorities" for the GOP-controlled Congress. 

Paul wants to attach his proposal to a massive Defense, Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and Education funding bill that is currently being debated on the Senate floor.

Despite Republicans having control of the White House and both houses of Congress, they've been unable to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood. 

House Republicans included a provision stripping federal funding for the organization in the HHS bill that cleared the Appropriations Committee.

But Paul could struggle to get a vote on his amendment to the Senate bill. 

Leadership has agreed to avoid attaching so-called poison pill proposals to their legislation. 

Sen. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyTrump on border wall funding: ‘This would be a very good time to do a shutdown’ Kellyanne Conway: Trump could shut down government for wall funding On The Money: Senior GOP senator warns Trump against shutdown | Treasury sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | HQ2 deal brings new scrutiny on Amazon | Senate confirms Bowman to Fed board MORE (R-Ala.) warned on Monday night that while some senators might support removing the funding including such a provision would become a "spoiler" to the larger government spending bill.