WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans on Thursday Vice President Mike Pence needed in the case of a tie vote, the legislation to reverse an Obama administration rule protecting funding for Planned Parenthood and other family planning providers.
The GOP was forced to take a procedural vote open for a little over an hour after the two Republican senators, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, voted against advancing the measure. During this time, the GOP got Pence to break the Senate, a 50/50 Band and the casting vote.
He was previously a Band broke on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to Secretary of education.
A final vote on the bill is expected to be needed on Thursday, in the case of Pence, the vote is likely to take.
The Obama administration introduced the rule, only a few weeks before President Donald Trump was inaugurated. It States from denying Federal family planning funds for organizations like planned Parenthood that perform abortions would bar.
The rule says that the state deny funding to clinics for reasons that have nothing to give with their ability to basic family planning. Although abortion is not be used a legal medical procedure, Federal dollars to pay for it, except in certain circumstances.
The Republican-led Congress is now trying to reverse the rule using the Congressional Review Act, which allows the legislature to undo regulations in the last few months of the Obama administration, with the majority of votes. The house passed its version of the measure in February.
Under Senate rules, the Vice-President cast the Band breaking votes. Pence broke his first Band, on the nomination of Secretary of education Betsy DeVos, if the same two Republican senators, Collins and Murkowski have voted against you. There are 52 Republicans in the Senate.
After the vote, Washington sen Patty Murray said that ” Republicans “don’t listen to women all over the country, which made it clear that the restriction of the access of women to the entire range of reproductive care is acceptable.”
Murray, the top Democrat on the Senate health, education, labor and pensions Committee.
The former Vice-President Joe Biden, who served under President Barack Obama for eight years, never cast a tie-breaking vote.