Pence Smiles as He Casts the Tie-Breaking Vote to Rescind Obama Abortion Regulation

Pence does it again! In the VP’s second tie-breaking vote, the Senate voted in favor of giving states the power to deny some federal block-grant funds to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood.

The Daily Mail has the scoop:

Title X is the only federal grant program ‘dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services,’ according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

A rule passed in the twilight months of the Obama administration denied states the power to withhold funds from any grant recipient meeting that broad definition.

That measure was seen as a carve-out for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider – a small part of whose activities include non-abortion family planning.

The House has already passed the measure in February.

The vote was intense with Senate leaders holding it open for an hour so staffers could bring in Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson to force a tiebreaker. Isakson is recovering from a pair of back surgeries, but still found the strength to hobble in and cast his ‘yea.’ What a boss!

Because two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine voted with the Democrats, his vote was critical in forcing the tie-breaker.

I think we can agree that Isakson and Pence were the superstars of the day!

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