Rejected: Bill to defund Planned Parenthood fails in Senate, 42/58

posted at 6:24 pm on April 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

They rejected the standalone bill to defund ObamaCare also, but that was a straight party-line vote and will provide plenty of tasty goodness for attack ads next year against McCaskill, Tester, Nelson et al. No party line on defunding PP, though: 42/58, with five Republicans — Brown, Collins, Snowe, Mark Kirk, and our old friend Lisa Murkowski — joining Democrats. Of those five, only Brown and Snowe are up for reelection, and the GOP’s position in Massachusetts is so precarious that I doubt Brown will get a serious primary challenge regardless. All of which goes towards two points. One: If you were wondering why Boehner gave up on the PP rider in budget negotiations last week, wonder no longer. And two: It’ll be a long, long time before the GOP stands a real chance of defunding Planned Parenthood. We’ve got a better shot at repealing O-Care, frankly, than we do at turning off the spigot of taxpayer money for one of America’s abortion HQs.

As for the budget deal, it passed the Senate the same way it did the House — overwhelmingly, but with an unusual ideological mix in the minority. The roll will be here eventually but it isn’t up as I’m writing this; according to the Examiner’s Philip Klein, though, the no votes were Coburn, Crapo, DeMint, Ensign, Graham(!), Hatch, Inhofe, Johnson, Leahy, Lee, Levin, Paul, Risch, Rubio, Sanders, Shelby, Toomey, Vitter, and Wyden. Hatch is obviously looking to earn some tea-party cred ahead of next year; Grahamnesty hasn’t cared much about that in the past, but maybe he’s finally waking up to it. I don’t know how else to explain his vote.

Here’s Rand Paul before the vote doing what Rand Paul does best.


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pannw on April 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

The chickens do come home to roost. Remember when Kennedy sent that desperate letter to the Pope hoping for extra prayers as he suffered the shame of voting for abortion for 40 years. He was scared chitless what was on the other side.

YIKES

tessa on April 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

The chickens do come home to roost. Remember when Kennedy sent that desperate letter to the Pope hoping for extra prayers as he suffered the shame of voting for abortion for 40 years. He was scared chitless what was on the other side.

YIKES

tessa on April 14, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Imagine the grease fire when that blob of fat hit the fires of hell.

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Butt-Boy Mark Kirk resides to the left of O’Baaahma on abortion. He makes this vote in his sleep.

Jaibones on April 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Two logical explanations for the Grahamnesty no vote: maybe he was voting against budget cuts of any kind, or maybe he was playing the Poseur to pander to someone else’s base and pad his ACU rating.

And let’s be honest, there’s no way this liberal douchebag is a lifetime 90% conservative. He must be lobbying for liberal bills and then voting against them every time his vote doesn’t matter.

Jaibones on April 14, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Butt-Boy Mark Kirk resides to the left of O’Baaahma on abortion. He makes this vote in his sleep.

Jaibones on April 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

There is no excuse for being so vulgar about Mark Kirk for voting for the fiscal conservative side of this issue.

thuja on April 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

First, I never asked to be excused. And how, precisely, is a “no” vote on defunding the abortion factory a vote for fiscal conservatism?

Jaibones on April 14, 2011 at 11:27 PM

First, I never asked to be excused. And how, precisely, is a “no” vote on defunding the abortion factory a vote for fiscal conservatism?

Jaibones on April 14, 2011 at 11:27 PM

I suggest looking at this econcomic argument argument about abortion. Perhaps, you will find its arguments good.
It’s time for me to go to sleep. We can talk about this some other time, if you like.

thuja on April 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM

I suggest looking at this econcomic argument argument about abortion. Perhaps, you will find its arguments good.
It’s time for me to go to sleep. We can talk about this some other time, if you like.

thuja on April 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM

Your economic argument argument about abortion is another utopian fantasy. The assumption that babies will be unwanted is incorrect. The natural mother may not want them, others will thank God for them. The percentage of women who are raped (incest is also rape to me), or their life is truly at risk is small. If abortions were only for these reasons we would not even be talking about it. So it really comes down to inconveniencing the woman who made a bad decision. Life has a higher priority then inconvenience. You have just proven you know nothing about Conservatives. Life would come before savings. Libertarians on the other hand might put savings first.

IowaWoman on April 15, 2011 at 12:21 AM

We’ve got a better shot at repealing O-Care, frankly, than we do at turning off the spigot of taxpayer money for one of America’s abortion HQs.

If the House doesn’t put it in a budget, how will the Senate “over-rule” them?

mockmook on April 15, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Refusing to give taxpayer money to a business that’s already making a hefty profit is NOT a vote for fiscal conservatism.

Murf76 on April 15, 2011 at 7:15 AM

PP is partisan, it channels no small amount of money back to support the Democrats. That’s reason enough to defund it if you are either not a Democrat or for representative government.

PP has been caught on tape being willing to be accessories to crimes involving minors. It’s corrupt, that’s grounds to defund it, if you’re not pro-criminal.

Then we get to the abortion issue. 70% of the voters don’t wish for the government to fund abortion.

“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
–Thomas Jefferson

LarryD on April 15, 2011 at 8:53 AM

It’ll be nineteen months a long, long time before the GOP stands a real chance of defunding Planned Parenthood.

Akzed on April 15, 2011 at 9:10 AM

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