The Senate passed a bill this week that allows states to deny federal tax dollars to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
In addition to allowing states to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, Republicans say the bill lets states divert that money to organizations that don't perform abortions - like community health centers.
"It should be the right of our states to allocate sub-grants under the Title X program in the way that best fits the needs of the people living there".
In his final days in office, President Obama wanted to see to it that Republicans could not strip healthcare providers of these funds, regardless of whether they preformed abortions. In a rare tiebreaker situation, Vice President Pence cast the final vote to support the bill and send the legislation to President Donald Trump's desk.
"The president is expected to sign it", she concluded.
Boozman's written statement made no mention of abortion, portraying the vote as an effort to roll back an "extreme overreach" by the administration of Barack Obama.
"The clear objective of this Title X rule change was to benefit abortion providers like Planned Parenthood", said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of NY, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Whether it's in their phrasing or omissions, the networks aren't backing down in their defense of America's largest abortion provider.
Collins and Murkowski have long opposed attacks on funding Planned Parenthood, which they argue provides services for women in areas with scarce health care options.
Each year, the federal government gives money to states earmarked for family-planning services.
How did the funding work exactly? . "It's important to recognize that there is already a bar against using federal funds for abortion and that bar stays in effect". Obama's rule told states they could not single out clinics that provide abortion along with other sexual and reproductive health services and strip funding from those clinics just because they provide abortion.
The congressional review law was used only once successfully until this year. The GOP-dominated House of Representatives voted in favor of undoing the non-discrimination rule on February 16.
How did the vote go down?
In a split decision, 50 Republican senators voted for the bill, while 48 Democrats and two Republicans voted against it. Along with being the tiebreaking vote, this was after two women Republicans, Alaska Senator, Lisa Murkowski, and Maine Senator, Susan Collins, defected and voted against the measure.
Thursday's vote was Pence's second tiebreaker of his young term.
The joint resolution, H.J. Res. 43, was introduced in the House by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee. The funds, though, already can not go to abortion services, Democrats said. Had that not happened, Isakson's return this week might have been for a Senate health care vote-a-rama. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) during the floor debate on the measure.