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October 01, 2015

Planned Parenthood Funds Intact in Adopted Spending Bill

With Democrats joining a portion of the Republican majority, Congress cleared a stopgap spending measure Wednesday that will keep the federal government running through December 11 and fully funds Planned Parenthood, reports The Washington Post. The House and Senate votes avert a government shutdown over the issue of federal money for the women's health nonprofit, which conservatives have been clamoring to defund amid controversy over Planned Parenthood's fetal-tissue program.

In a separate move Wednesday, the House voted along party lines to approve a resolution to strip Planned Parenthood's funding, which consists largely of Medicaid reimbursements for the group's provision of non-abortion health services for low-income women. Senate Democrats are expected to block the measure.