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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 08:54 AM
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41 senators to filibuster cr defunding planned parenthood
41 Senators to Filibuster CR Defunding Planned Parenthood

Forty-one senators, composed of thirty-nine Democrats and two Independents led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), announced that they will filibuster any spending bill blocking funding to Planned Parenthood. Following the Senate vote to approve another short-term spending measure in mid-March, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood will not be included in the Continuing Resolution (CR) budget deal for 2011.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the forty-one senators requested that the Senate leaders "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." The senators stated that "Without access to these services, many of these women will be unable to get preventive screenings, be at far greater risk for diseases such as cancer and will face more unintended pregnancies."

In February, House Republicans, led by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), voted for a Continuing Resolution that prohibited any federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood, even in reimbursement for services rendered. In spite of Republican claims that the Pence amendment would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions, such spending is already prohibited. The Continuing Resolution would also eliminate all of Title X funding, the only federal family planning program dedicated solely to reproductive health. Title X provides reproductive health services to millions of women yearly. Title X funds some 4,500 clinics, including community health centers, public health clinics and about 900 Planned Parenthood clinics.

Planned Parenthood health centers across the country conduct over one million cervical cancer screenings and 830,000 breast exams yearly. Its clinics also provide contraception, basic health care, including family planning, cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, to approximately 2.5 million women per year.


http://www.msmagazine.com/news/uswirestory.asp?ID=12952
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:03 AM
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1. recommend
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Jim__ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:06 AM
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2. Good news! - n/t
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:08 AM
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3. I would have thought more than that..
Perhaps there are more but I guess they only need 41 to kill it.
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Le Taz Hot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:10 AM
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4. Yeah, I want to know
who is NOT on that list.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 09:15 AM
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5. only 40... now ya know why the right tried
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 10:14 AM
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7. The fact that they immediately got 41 to sign to filibuster the CR
is likely why they had to give up on this.

That is stronger than you think - there were 41 Senators willing to sign their names and say they would not pass the CR, meaning they would stop the government over this.

That does not mean that only 41 will vote for PP in a standalone bill - in fact, as 41 is the number needed for a filibuster, they may not even have reached every Senator - preferring to get this out as soon as the number was reached. It sounds like there will be a vote - and then we will see what the real numbers are.
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 12:40 PM
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10. 41 hard commits is an enormous number.
Look like the Planned parenthood de-funding proposal is in for outright defeat in the Senate. 41 votes alone are enough to sink it. Expect more votes to kill it. Look like de-funding opponents have a good buffer.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 01:11 PM
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12. That's what I was trying to say - far more verbosely
But, this needs to be seen in perspective. To get this agreement many programs that Democrats fought for years to fund are being severely cut - while it is too much to ask the wealthiest to roll back the tax cuts - that NEVER were affordable long term.

Planned Parenthood does good work, but it is being used almost as a smoke screen to hide what has been lost just to get a budget for 2011. We really should have done this before the 2010 elections. There had to be a way to get one Republican - if minor (compared to these) concessions were made. Had that happened, I doubt we could have lost more seats. The Republicans would then have played the same games with the 2012 budget and the debt ceiling.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 10:02 AM
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6. uh huh. Tell me about the other riders now.
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crickets Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 10:35 AM
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8. +1
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 12:35 PM
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9. The Filibuster's on the other foot, so to speak.
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 12:43 PM
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11. What are they going to do..
about housing?
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IcyPeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 02:01 PM
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13. on a side note: who knew Ms. Magazine still existed?
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 03:56 PM
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16. those of us who have been reading it for decades, for one.
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Logical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 02:07 PM
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14. +1
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toddwv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-09-11 02:31 PM
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15. Beautiful. Well played Democrats.
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