Showdown: 41 Senate Democrats vow to filibuster budget if it defunds Planned Parenthood

posted at 4:55 pm on April 4, 2011 by Allahpundit

Boehner could probably get away with dropping the PP rider from the House budget bill if Reid was prepared to agree to a number close to $61 billion in cuts. But to meet roughly only halfway, at or around $33 billion, and still drop some of the red meat like defunding PP that the base craved? He’s burning the candle of grassroots credibility at both ends. Risky business.

Forty-one senators have pledged to filibuster any bipartisan spending bill that includes an amendment to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, threatening an impasse with House conservatives.

The group, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), includes thirty-nine Democratic senators and two Independents, Sens. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.)…

The group outlined their opposition in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and GOP leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), asking Reid and McConnell to “stand with us against extreme proposals by some members of the House to eliminate support for women’s health and family planning programs and providers that service millions of women and families.”…

Reid has already declared the Planned Parenthood rider would not be part of a final deal with the House on 2011 spending levels.

Remember, Brown, Collins, and Murkowski also oppose defunding Planned Parenthood and there are surely other Democrats who didn’t sign Boxer’s letter who’ll vote with her if it comes to that. So realistically, there’s no way this is getting through the Senate. And needless to say, if he and Reid can agree on a budget in all major particulars, Boehner isn’t going to endanger that by threatening to force a government shutdown over an issue as narrow and hot button as abortion. So he has four options here. (1) Trade one red meat provision for another. If the GOP drops the Planned Parenthood rider, Democrats agree to defund NPR. Easy peasy! (2) Drop all the red meat stuff in exchange for deeper cuts. Boehner’s already insisting that $33 billion isn’t enough, so maybe that’s already in the works. (3) Split the riders off from the main budget bill, pass them separately in the House, and have Reid give them a separate up-or-down vote in the Senate. That would be Boehner’s way of showing the base that he’s bringing their concerns to the floor, but since the only leverage he has in getting them passed is leaving them attached to the main budget bill, splitting them off would be tantamount to dropping them altogether. (4) Start frantically downplaying the significance of this year’s budget, which is after all small potatoes, and soothe the base with reassurances about how epic Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget is going to be. Maybe have Ryan hold a presser at which he repeats, over and over in dulcet tones, “Four trillion. Four trillion. Four trillion…”

Exit question: Failure to defund PP = nifty fundraising tool for the NRSC among social conservatives next year?


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Abortion Macht Frei

Hening on April 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Wow. Just wow.

OmahaConservative on April 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Buy Danish on April 4, 2011 at 6:49 PM

It takes so little, we are all on the edge of Rinoville.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I thought the issue was overspending on bloody nonsense.
sharrukin on April 4, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Wouldn’t that be loverly. Is this the GOP’s official position, or is it the de-funding of PP because of abortion? Just trying to keep the issues straight…

Buy Danish on April 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

I refuse to be used by the Republican party.

Benaiah on April 4, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Heh. What party are you going to join or follow? Dimwitted and naive as well.

CWforFreedom on April 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

It takes so little, we are all on the edge of Rinoville.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Amen!..:)

Dire Straits on April 4, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Let them filibuster. Then they can explain their vote to continue using taxpayer $$ for abortion. While they’re at it, they can ask Stupak why he lost. Hint, not so much because of Obamacare as it was allowing OC to pay for abortions. The majority of voters are pro-life, only the deep blue States will approve of their congress-critter to get away with voting against defunding PP, the red and purple States will not. Especially when such a bill is actually on the table. In the past, politicians were able to weasel out by saying they would have voted against it had they gotten the opportunity. Well, it’s show time.

AH_C on April 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Start frantically downplaying the significance of this year’s budget, which is after all small potatoes, and soothe the base with reassurances about how epic Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget is going to be.

The Republicans better be very careful here. If they fail to deliver their big promises in an election year it will be a Republican Party wide “read my lips” moment. I think it could easily be the start of a formal Tea Party political Party.

RJL on April 4, 2011 at 7:16 PM

It takes so little, we are all on the edge of Rinoville.
Cindy Munford on April 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Oh well, it beats Hoovervilles (or Obamavilles).

Heh. What party are you going to join or follow? Dimwitted and naive as well.
CWforFreedom on April 4, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Not donating to the NRSC if they dial for dollars with a fund raising letter using PP/abortion means you want to join or follow another party? Who’s the dimwit?

Buy Danish on April 4, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Showdown: 41 Senate Democrats vow to filibuster budget if it defunds Planned Parenthood

If they are so committed to killing babies that they will shut down the government, I say let them!

RJL on April 4, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Let them filibuster, and let the GOP give facts and figures about PP and abortion. Then, get off it.

It’s a great opportunity to educate the public. They should not waste their gunpowder on this year’s budget when the mighty four trillion is coming.

Hope the party doesn’t get in Ryan’s way.

PattyJ on April 4, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Yes, Demorats and allied RINOs are once again showing their priorities: funding baby-killing is more important than fiscal responsibility.

WannabeAnglican on April 4, 2011 at 7:26 PM

funding baby-killing is more important than fiscal responsibility.
WannabeAnglican on April 4, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Say what??

Buy Danish on April 4, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Liberals sure are salivating to have more babies killed, aren’t they!!!!

capejasmine on April 4, 2011 at 7:33 PM

BD, Planned Parenthood is a huge abortion provider, I think the biggest in the country.

WannabeAnglican on April 4, 2011 at 7:34 PM

BD, Planned Parenthood is a huge abortion provider, I think the biggest in the country.
WannabeAnglican on April 4, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I know that!

Buy Danish on April 4, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Show who you are, Democrats. Show us your true colors.

disa on April 4, 2011 at 7:38 PM

I don’t care whether you’re in favor of abortion or not. I wanna know why a supposed “private charity” is getting a third of its funding from taxpayer dollars. Let them generate their money via fundraising like every other “charity” has to do.

NoLeftTurn on April 4, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Imagine if liberals were as tough on terrorists and illegal aliens as they are on fetuses?

There’s nothing more pleasing to a democrat than murdering a baby and nothing more outrageous to them than enforcing the death penalty on a mass murderer.

BruthaMan on April 4, 2011 at 7:51 PM

You know, I think there’s a good argument that the funding of abortion violates the establishment and exercise clauses of the Constitution.

American Elephant on April 4, 2011 at 7:53 PM

If they can get away with making the republicans drop PP funding by threatening a filibuster they can also stop any cuts at all from happening via the same mechanism. There have to be at least 41 dems that want no cuts at all.

There’ll be 41 to stop Ryan’s plan, too. We’re going to go Weimar.

trigon on April 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM

It takes so little, we are all on the edge of Rinoville.

Cindy Munford on April 4, 2011 at 7:05 PM

One has to be vewwy careful because this is a conservative site, y’know. Lockstep!

a capella on April 4, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Shut down the government or continue using my tax dollars to kill babies. WTF is the question here? Seriously, W.T.F.?!!? Shut it down. Call their bluff. Make them leave town. The less they do the better.

SouthernGent on April 4, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Let them choke on their filibuster. I think it’s time for a new country.

Metanis on April 4, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Has Sen. Ma’am earned the hagula definition yet?

OmahaConservative on April 4, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Well, Babs, get ready for a nice long vacation.

Kissmygrits on April 4, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Abortion, it’s for the sake of the children.

mechkiller_k on April 4, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Heh. What party are you going to join or follow? Dimwitted and naive as well.

CWforFreedom

Yeah, come back in a few years and tell me what the Republican party has done for social conservatives. I can already tell you what the answer will be but it will be fun to see you have to admit it.

Have fun wasting your money by giving it to them.

Benaiah on April 4, 2011 at 9:58 PM

We are totally screwed. It’s infuriating that a group like PP gets federal funding but this is yet more evidence that the Democrats are totally unserious about our debt and spending crisis. The Republicans barely take seriously and the Democrats want to move faster into financial oblivion.

gwelf on April 4, 2011 at 10:36 PM

One has to be vewwy careful because this is a conservative site, y’know. Lockstep!
a capella on April 4, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Vewwy funny comment.

Buy Danish on April 4, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Forty-one senators have pledged to filibuster any bipartisan spending bill that includes an amendment to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood, threatening an impasse with House conservatives.

Let’em. Let the dems be the ones blocking a budget deal by filibustering. Let the dems be the ones responsible for shutting down the govt by filibustering…Let’em…

Gohawgs on April 5, 2011 at 2:05 AM

I am an anti-abortion Pro Choice adherent. Even being Pro Choice, I believe Planned Parenthood NEEDS to be defunded. I don’t feel I should pay for an abortion mill to stay in business.

adamsmith on April 5, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Abortion uber alles!

olesparkie on April 5, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Harry Reid and the rest of this gang of 41 want a Government shutdown under any pretext. By tying the shutdown to planned parenthood abortion mills, they get a “two-fer”….causing the shutdown and stroking their base.

olesparkie on April 5, 2011 at 7:48 AM

I want to wretch every time they break out the “This is about woman’s reproductive health”, when all it really is about is killing unwanted babies from promiscuous sex. If you wanna play you should be ready to pay. And please I don’t want to hear from the people that say, “what about rape or if the mother is in danger. Those type of situations can be handled at regular hospital without funding abortion mills like PP.

jistincase on April 5, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Good…they show what is important to them, murdering babies on my dime… The truth shows itself and the blood thirsty monsters are being revealed for what they are.

I contacted my congressman, Blackburn, and told her I didn’t care if the only thing they cut was PP, and I meant it. They could cut 100 billion from the budget, and if they leave this vile, evil organization funded by my tax dollars, I will vote against them, contribute against them, campaign against them…When it comes right down to it, I’m a single issue voter. You are for life, or against it. No more compromising with evil. I’m tired of being forced into complicity in the murder of innocents. So, SHUT. IT. DOWN!

pannw on April 5, 2011 at 1:19 PM

This is what is called the ‘culture of death’. Anything dealing with a rapid advancement of death the Democrats embrace; Genocide – they’re cool with that. Euthanasia – they’re cool with that. Infanticide – they’re cool with that. Abortion – they’re cool with that.

However, it goes even further than physical death – given the opportunity, they would encourage a man to embrace a type of psychological death. How? By robbing a man the pride of working with his own hand and then reaping those rewards. Place everyone on entitlements is their creed – but if someone rises up above that psychological slavery, then tax their work until they give up through discouragement. Oh yes, the Democrats love the thought of slavery. They did back in the 1860s and again in the 1960s and again today – they derive their whole identity from the control of others, especially the control of the unwilling. Physical or economical slaves – it’s all the same for the Democrats.

DavidY on April 5, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Baby Killing Progressives must eliminate all the ‘WEEDS’ in the country.

Google: Margaret Sanger, weeds

Hey Minorities………..THATS YOU!!

PappyD61 on April 6, 2011 at 8:50 AM

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