Paul, Durbin, Cornyn

The minibus appropriations bill (H.R. 6157)

Senator Paul: (2:59 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "But the dirty little secret is that Republican leadership is blocking my amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. That's right. The Republican leadership has filled the amendment tree to block my defund Planned Parenthood amendment. But how can that be? Surely Republican leadership doesn't favor abortion funding? The answer is a curious one. The truth is that Republican leadership favors bloated government spending more than they care about plan the parenthood. This appropriations bill before us exceeds the spending caps by nearly $100 billion. Big spending Republicans fear that blocking funding for Planned Parenthood would derail their plans to greatly expand the welfare warfare state."


Senator Durbin: (3:04 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "Planned Parenthood provides health care for millions of women across the United States and Planned Parenthood provides family planning so that these women could avoid unplanned pregnancies which sadly in many cases lead to abortion. So regardless of your position on abortion, the position of the planned parenthood and counseling families so they can control the number of children is to avoid unplanned pregnancy and the likelihood of an abortion procedure following. It is for that reason that I have consistently voted against Senator Paul when he stands here to defund Planned Parenthood and will today."


Senator Cornyn: (3:07 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the minibus appropriations bill.
    • "The Paul Amendment is a germane amendment. It should be taken up and passed with a majority vote in the United States Senate. This counterproposal asks that a 60-vote threshold be set for the Paul amendment which obviously would make it much less likely that it would actually pass. I think that makes a whole lot more sense is having a vote on the Paul amendment as a standalone to defund planned parenthood with the majority vote of 50."