<Update 3:00pm: in our delegation all Republican representatives voted YES and all Democrats voted NO on the two bills: defunding of Planned Parenthood and requiring medical care for any fetus who survives an abortion procedure. The bills passed.>
The U. S. Congress in its dilatory and dysfunctional fashion is once again running up against a deadline to fund the spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month. In the House of Representatives the delaying tactic is over Planned Parenthood. In the Senate there are similar efforts, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said in effect, “Sorry, we only have a majority, we can’t defund Planned Parenthood.”
The 40 or so members of the House Freedom Caucus have pledged to oppose any spending measure that contains funding for Planned Parenthood. A founder and the only NJ member of the caucus is Rep. Scott Garrett (R-CD 5).
Today House members will vote on two bills. One would freeze Planned Parenthood funding for a year and the other would require medical care for any fetus who survives an abortion procedure. In the resolutions leading toward passage of these bills, all New Jersey Democrats have voted in opposition and all Republicans in favor. The votes today will likely be similar.