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Pence breaks Senate tie on killing family-planning grants rule

Republicans are using a special legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act to repeal several Obama-era rules and regulations issued at the end of President Barack Obama's term.

"On this vote the yeas are 50, the nays are 50", Pence said.

After two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) sided against the measure with Democrats, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.

Conservative state officials have been trying to deny money to any family planning organization that also provides abortions.

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US, has been a target for conservatives across the country who have tried to cut off taxpayer funding - including the failed GOP health care legislation.

"We're talking about federal family planning funds and I don't think that those funds should be subjected to state restrictions", Collins told Politico. Then Senator Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican who underwent back surgery recently and has been absent from the capitol, appeared on the Senate floor and created the tie.

"It would let states treat women as second-class citizens who don't deserve the same access to health care as men", he remarked.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, U.S., March 26, 2017. "It's important to recognize that there is already a bar against using federal funds for abortion and that bar stays in effect".

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Some people feel that states should be allowed to withhold funds from abortion providers, if they choose to.

People pass a Planned Parenthood clinic March 17 in New York City. A final vote on removing the rule could happen Thursday afternoon, The Hill report said.

Republicans now hold a 52-48 majority in the Senate, however, Sen.

Senate approval sent the legislation to President Donald Trump, who was expected to sign it.

In accordance to current law, none of the Title X grants were ever legally allowed to be used to directly pay for abortion services, and funding could only be spent on other women's health care services.

Dannenfelser also expressed gratitude to Black, Ernst, Pence, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) "for their efforts to undo Obama's parting gift to the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood".

In a written statement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said lawmakers were putting many poor American women at risk.

The bill shields Planned Parenthood with $2 million from the State's Medicaid budget, and another $700,000 from the general fund should Republicans in Congress succeed in cutting off federal funds.

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