John Boehner and Mitch McConnell just shielded the rest of the RINOs and killed a vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
Yesterday, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) submitted an amendment to the highway funding bill making its way through the Senate. The amendment was designed to defund Planned Parenthood. Because of the way the rules are structured, it takes just 51 votes to vote-down a proposed amendment like this.
Since there are only 46 Democrats in the Senate, that meant that 5 Republicans would have had to vote against the amendment to have it removed from the bill.
McConnell and his allies saw that and were terrified. The only way to kill this amendment would be for at least five Republicans to go on the record and support an organization caught selling body parts from aborted children.
Senator Lee asked for a recorded vote to put opponents on record. McConnell ignored the request and settled for a voice vote – meaning both sides yell out yea or nay and McConnell gets to decide which side is louder. When the dust settled, McConnell determined that there were more than 51 Senators in opposition and the amendment was voted down. A formal vote was never held.
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