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Cornyn: Senate will vote to defund Planned Parenthood

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Thursday said the Senate will vote to defund Planned Parenthood in relation to a government-spending bill. 

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has ruled out risking a government shutdown to fund Planned Parenthood, the No. 2 Senate Republican suggested there will at least be a vote, though he offered no details.

{mosads}“I think we’ll have votes associated with the CR on defunding,” Cornyn told a small group of reporters Thursday, referring to a short-term government funding bill known as a continuing resolution. 

Earlier Thursday, Cornyn told Politico, “We will vote on defunding [Planned Parenthood] on the [continuing resolution] in some form or another.”

Aides did not clarify how the defunding votes could take place, saying no decisions have been made on how to move forward.

McConnell has repeatedly made clear that he thinks the strategy from some conservatives to attach defunding to a spending bill is an “exercise in futility.” He has vowed that there will not be a government shutdown. 

McConnell has scheduled a vote on a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy for Tuesday, which could allow another way to register anti-abortion sentiment. 

However, conservatives such as presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a group of 31 lawmakers in the House are keeping up pressure on Republican leaders to defund Planned Parenthood through the spending bill, which risks a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

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