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Senate Rejects Effort to Strip Funding From Planned Parenthood

The U.S. Senate voted against defunding Planned Parenthood on Thursday.

The vote ended 47-52, several votes short of the 60 required to push forward with the defunding initiative.

In a rare move, several Republicans voted against defunding Planned Parenthood. Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Susan Collins (Maine), Tom Cotton (Ark.), Dean Heller (Nev.) Mark Kirk (Ill.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ben Sasse (Neb.) all voted against moving forward.

The decision forced Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to sign a measure that would fund the government and Planned Parenthood.

“I regret the Democratic leadership determined a crisis would be necessary to advance a policy aim of growing the government and that our colleagues decided accordingly to block every single funding bill,” McConnell said. “We’ve been forced to pursue a continuing resolution as a result.”

The Hill reports:

The majority leader could file cloture on the new funding bill in the afternoon. That could set the stage for a final vote early next week.

One senator who could drag out the process is Sen. Ted Cruz.

The Texas Republican, who is running for president, has slammed Republican leadership during the funding fight, telling reporters that they “will support 100 percent of the priorities of Democrats.”

Cruz could try to force weekend work by objecting to a request to adjourn on Friday, but he could be rebuffed by a majority vote.

The presidential hopeful has reasons of his own to avoid weekend work, as he is currently scheduled to campaign in Iowa on Saturday.

Read the full story at The Hill.

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