Vice President Mike Pence once again had the responsibility to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate, this time to revoke an Obama-era regulation that blocked states from denying federal funds to abortion providers including Planned Parenthood. He got used to being the one who makes the final decision, like when he had to decide the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos past month.
Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski from Alaska, and Susan Collins from Maine both supported Planned Parenthood and introduced a bill that aimed to block Republicans form de-funding the largest abortion provider in the country. The vote on Wednesday was under the Congressional Review Act that allows Congress to rescind policies with a majority vote in both chambers, signed by the President.
Senator Joni Ernst, from Iowa, and Congresswoman Diane Black, from Tennessee, issued the CRA legislation to revoke the regulation that takes away power from the states to direct where block-granted federal funds will go, reports The Sports Hall.
“State legislatures around the country have spoken out about their preference for prioritizing more comprehensive primary and preventative care providers for the receipt of Title X funding,”the two penned down in an op-ed, “and their voice should be respected by bureaucrats in the federal government.”
“According to its 2014-2015 annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortion procedures in just one year. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the abortion industry in this country,” they remarked. “Nor should they be forced to foot the bill for an organization like Planned Parenthood that has displayed such blatant disregard for human life.”
With this, Pence showed that he is way more active Vice President than his predecessors in the role as the Senate president.
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