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McConnell: Fund Planned Parenthood for now

McConnell: Fund Planned Parenthood for now

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(THE HILL) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urged his colleagues Monday to support a short-term spending bill that funds Planned Parenthood ahead of a key procedural hurdle.

“It doesn’t represent my first, second, third, or 23rd choice when it comes to funding the government,” he said from the Senate floor. “But, it will keep the government open through the fall and funded at the bipartisan level already agreed to by both parties as we work on the way forward.”

The Republican leader’s remarks come as the Senate will take a procedural vote Monday evening on whether forward with the short-term spending bill that would fund the government through Dec. 11. He’ll need 60 votes to overcome the hurdle, with the Senate expected to vote on final passage on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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