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McConnell Seeks To Delay Government Shutdown With New Funding Bill

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Sen. Mitch McConnell Sen. Mitch McConnell

Ahead of a looming government shut down over Planned Parenthood funding, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made the first move to keep the government functioning through Dec. 11. 

McConnell filed a short-term spending bill that would fund the government, as well as Planned Parenthood, functional past the end of the month. Though several Republicans broke ranks to keep the government afloat and, in the process, keep Planned Parenthood funded, McConnell could find himself at odds with his own party.

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After he introduced the new funding bill, McConnell’s chief deputy, Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said the battle over Planned Parenthood “does not end with this vote,” Politico reported. McConnell’s bill is being offered as an amendment to a bill passed in the house, meaning the measure could be passed as a procedural vote.

Cornyn was scathing of the Democrats’ filibuster to avoid the shut down of Planned Parenthood. "We find ourselves with unneeded and unnecessary drama when it comes to funding the federal government,” he said, according to The Hill. "Hence the vote on Monday on closing off debate on a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 11, 2015."

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Senate Democrats expect to vote on McConnell’s proposal on Sept. 28, but McConnell’s spokesperson didn’t confirm that time frame.

Sources: The Hill, Politico Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr