Under the plan discussed in a series of closed-door meetings held Thursday by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House would immediately start the process of attempting to end federal funds for Planned Parenthood through a process known as budget reconciliation, according to House GOP aides. That could then allow leaders to separately pass a bipartisan spending bill to keep the government open and that Obama would sign while still making good on promises to maintain a hard-line on abortion funding.
Reconciliation bills are considered under special rules that require only a simple majority to pass and they cannot be filibustered in the Senate. This means Republicans could use the process to force Obama to veto the legislation, elevating a debate over abortion policy conservatives are eager to have.
Leaders also plan to vote on more anti-abortion measures in the weeks ahead, including a bill to allow states to exclude abortion providers from receiving Medicaid funds.
Exiting a meeting with GOP leaders, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) told reporters that her goal was to get legislation defunding Planned Parenthood “to the president’s desk.”