Vice President Mike Pence was called once again to decide a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, this time to revoke a regulation from Obama’s time in office that blocked states from denying federal funds to abortion providers including Planned Parenthood. Just like past month when Pence had to decide the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, progressive Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and Susan Collins from Maine were defectors, setting a 50-50 tie.
Murkowski and Collins both support Planned Parenthood and introduced a bill at the last Congress that aimed to block Republicans form de-funding the largest abortion provider in the country. The vote on Wednesday was under the Congressional Review Act that allows Congress to rescind policies with a majority vote in both chambers, signed by the President.
“State legislatures around the country have spoken out about their preference for prioritizing more comprehensive primary and preventative care providers for the receipt of Title X funding,”the two penned down in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, “and their voice should be respected by bureaucrats in the federal government.”
In February, the House voted to revoke the rule 230-188.
— Susan B Anthony List (@SBAList) March 30, 2017
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