Pence breaks US Senate tie on killing family-planning grants rule
Mar 31, 2017, 00:33
While courts have not allowed states to withhold Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, they've generally allowed states to redirect family planning dollars to other health providers.
Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) did not vote with their Republican colleagues. This is the second time Pence has had to break a tie since becoming VP; the last time a VP had to do it prior to Pence was in 2005, the Washington Post reports. Pence broke his first tie on the nomination of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, when the same two Republican senators, Collins and Murkowski, voted against her.
The measure would roll back an Obama-era rule that barred states from withholding funds from clinics that also offered abortion services.
In a 51-50 vote, senators approved killing a rule meant to keep federal grants flowing to clinics that provide contraception and other services in states that want to block the funding.
Another Nevada proposal seeks to provide alternative funding to help organizations such as Planned Parenthood. Seeing that there's pretty much zero chance of that getting 60 votes in the Senate, Republican leadership will be forced between a rock and a hard place on this one.
Senate Republicans called in Vice President Mike Pence Thursday after deadlocking 50-50 over abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
Republicans said the Obama rule should be overturned to allow states the right to steer funds away from abortion providers, if they choose.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called the measure a "shameful, unsafe resolution". The House passed its version of the measure in February. "And it would undo a valuable effort by the Obama administration to ensure that health care providers are evaluated for federal funding based on their ability to provide the services in question, not on ideology". "I'm on the team and I'll be doing what Mitch needs me to do", he said, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who must decide if he will use the nuclear option.
Under the Constitution, the vice president casts tie breaking votes.
Defund Planned Parenthood but do so knowing the bill won't make it through the Senate.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump wants lawmakers to set aside money to start building his proposed border wall, but Democrats have said they will not support a spending bill that included funding for the barrier.
Most resolutions killing Obama-era regulations have sailed through the Republican-controlled Congress. Six in 10 say the program's services are their only or most frequent source of health care.
The Title X funding that could be blocked under bill covers services such as birth control, cancer screenings and HIV tests but cannot be used to pay for abortions.
Navalny said Russians would keep protesting for "as long as people see tens of billions of dollars being stolen by top officials". He added that the Kremlin "cannot respect those who deliberately mislead people and who instigated unlawful actions yesterday".
Oil ministers from OPEC and some non-OPEC states meet on Sunday in Kuwait, where they are expected to discuss compliance. USA oil drillers boosted the rig count to 631 last week, the most since September 2015, Baker Hughes data show.
The man had used pepper spray on a female rally organizer and was eventually apprehended by police, the newspaper reported. There was a great deal of yelling, shoving, pushing and punching, and some protesters pepper-sprayed a group of marchers.
Just like modern stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have made soccer all the more popular in the United States of America. Still unsure? The series has been shown online since 2010, and the demand to watch it shows the growth is likely to continue.
Cleanopolis VR This educational title is primarily for kids but it doesn't mean that people of all ages won't be able to enjoy it. House of Terror VR This game gives you the chance to explore a haunted house full of monsters, traps, and very hard puzzles.
Once these Bills are cleared by Parliament, the states will then take the state GST (S-GST) Bill to their respective assemblies. The CGST Bill will enable collection of tax on inter-state supply of goods and services or both by the union government.
This kind of accident will become more and more common, according to Michael Ramsey, an autonomous vehicle analyst at Gartner. No injuries have been reported as yet apart from damage to at least two other human-driven cars that were within the vicinity.
The key point of contention as soon as Article 50 is triggered is the order in which different aspects of Brexit are approached. Her government is approaching Brexit talks constructively, respectfully, and in a spirit of honest cooperation, May said.
In a recent poll, 51% of Canadians said they supported legalizing marijuana, and 33% said they opposed it. And if the report is accurate, that means cannabis will be legal by Canada Day next year - that's July 1.
Gary Herbert said today that he will sign a controversial bill to make Utah's laws on drunken driving the toughest in the nation. The governors say they support the plan's more flexible Medicaid program and phased-in transition from Obama's law.
North Korea has "nothing to fear" from more sanctions
Seoul's Defense Ministry said it was analyzing what type of missile was launched but gave no further details. The United Nations Security Council unanimously condemned North Korea's recent missile launches Thursday.
IPhone users warned about risky new 'Hey, Siri 108' prank
This prank is problematic because it uses resources that are vital for others trying to receive help in real emergency situations. You can ask the iPhone feature, Siri, for the latest weather, directions or news. "I hit cancel right away, but now I'm scared".