Usatoday.com reports: Senate Democrats blocked an attempt Monday by Republican leaders to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood, but the debate is likely to reignite this fall and could lead to a possible government shutdown. Senators voted 53-46 for a bill from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, that would stop the non-profit group from receiving any federal money from Congress. Supporters needed 60 votes to advance the legislation. Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virgina and Joe Donnelly of Indiana voted with Republicans to move the bill forward. Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois joined Democrats in blocking the bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., switched his vote from yes to no - a procedural move that allows him to bring up the legislation again in the future. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., did not vote. MHFM Comment: This is truly an outrage.
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