Get along little doggie.
(The Hill) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Thursday that a Republican proposal to defund Planned Parenthood will not be part of any agreement to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.
Asked Thursday about the GOP proposal, Reid defended the group, which provides abortions, and said it would not be part of a long-term funding deal. “They stuff they’ve done with — something I’ve worked on for years — contraception is untoward and won’t be part of an agreement,” Reid said.
Reid’s vow will complicate negotiations on that spending deal. GOP leaders are under intense pressure from their members and outside groups to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood.
The Senate on Thursday approved a measure to fund the government for another three weeks, which gives the competing sides a short period of time to reach a new deal.
Reid describes himself as pro-life, but he and other Democrats argue that defunding Planned Parenthood will deprive low-income women of family-planning counseling and cancer screenings.
Nineteen Senate Democrats sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledging to defeat Republican efforts to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funds for the rest of the year. “We wanted to offer our support in rejecting the ideological, divisive riders passed by the House of Representatives, which serve only a purely political agenda,” they wrote. The senators say the rider would “effectively shut down health centers that serve three million women each year and provide nearly one million lifesaving screenings for cervical cancer, more than 830,000 breast exams and nearly four million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.”
Who needs Planned Parenthood? Won’t all these services be covered by Obamacare?