Epic GOP Fail: Planned Parenthood Survives Abortion in Senate
(Breitbart) – Planned Parenthood survived a procedural vote Monday in the U.S. Senate on a bill to defund the organization, after a series of undercover videos emerged to suggest that the organization may have been willing to sell fetal organs from late-term abortions to tissue companies.
The vote for cloture was 53-46, meaning that it well well shy of the 60 votes needed to end debate and proceed to a vote. The vote was largely along partisan lines, with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) crossing over to vote with Democrats, and Sens. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) voting with the GOP. House Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voted against the measure to preserve the option of a re-vote.
The bill was proposed by first-term Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA). The White House opposed it strongly, with press secretary Josh Earnest telling CNN on Monday that while he had not personally seen the “shocking” videos, he believed that the videos had been “selectively edited.”
The issue promises to be a significant factor in the 2016 presidential race, as well as in numerous competitive races for congressional seats...(MORE)
GOP Civil War Explodes in Full View
(Breitbart) – For a 56th birthday present to himself, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) took perhaps the most aggressive step yet against the Republican Party’s establishment.
It marked perhaps the most bombastic challenge to House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) leadership, and another point at which long-simmering tensions within the Republican caucus have exploded out into the open.
Meadows introduced a resolution on Tuesday that aims to force Boehner from his post. The resolution will now be referred to a powerful House committee full of members loyal to Boehner, and has no chance of succeeding. But the message he had attempted to send was clear.
“The House of Representatives, to function effectively, in the service of all citizens of this country, requires the service of a Speaker who will endeavor to follow an orderly and inclusive process without imposing his or her will upon any Member thereof,” Meadows wrote in the resolution.
When Republicans took back control of the Senate and gained a bigger majority in the House of Representatives last year, their leaders promised an era of more responsible governance. But as Congress lurches toward a jam-packed legislative schedule this fall, infighting in both the House of Representatives and the Senate threatens that vow...(MORE)
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