Healthcare War On Women

McConnell Fast-Tracks Rand Paul’s Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

For most of the week it was anticipated that Rand Paul would introduce an amendment to the highway bill to defund Planned Parenthood, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell went much further today.

McConnell began the fast-track process to bypass all committees and push a separate bill introduced by Rand Paul to defund Planned Parenthood.

The Republican leader began "Rule 14," which will let the legislation skip the committee process and be placed on the Senate calendar so it can be brought up for a floor vote. [...]

Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), both of whom are running for president in 2016, as well as Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), were hoping to use the the Senate's long-term highway bill as their vehicle to defund the agency.

The fast-track process is not something fake libertarian Rand Paul would ordinarily support, one might suppose, but in this case it appears he will make an exception.

If the Republican party wants to have this fight again in 2016, that's fine. Let's do it. The party's anti-choice extremism and steadfast belief in fake videos prevents them from making any inroads among a significant portion of voters.

  • Karen Marie

    Why is McConnell doing a favor for Rand? Is “Kentucky” enough?

  • BillWestern

    You can almost imagine his thinking process here :how can I get the religious crazies behind me?”. No matter how hard Rand tries, the evangelicals are never ever going to get behind him.

  • aynwrong

    Planned Parenthood is a noble organization providing necessary medical services to our fellow Americans.

    FULL STOP. NO NUANCE NECESSARY!

  • 1933john

    It must be election time,
    the sex shit is back,
    front and center.

  • muselet

    Planned Parenthood has not been shown to have violated any laws, regulations or rules, but the Rs want to defund the organization because they don’t like the subject matter discussed on misleadingly-edited videos.

    Hey, it worked on ACORN.

    And the bill doesn’t make it into law, the Rs will be able to squawk and wave their arms about and indulge in some political theater for the benefit of their voters. It’s a can’t-lose for the Rs.

    I do wish those ignoramuses would find a new hobby.

    –alopecia