Sen. Mike Lee rebuked by Senate colleagues on vote to defund Planned Parenthood
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) was rebuked by his Senate colleagues on Sunday as he tried to force a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.
As Reported By Sarah Ferris for The Hill:
Lee had tried to attach an amendment eliminating all federal funds for Planned Parenthood to the vote on Congress’s must-pass highway legislation.
The amendment was rejected by the chair of the Senate, who called it out of order because it was not germane to the highway bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) decided last week that he would only allow two amendments to the bill – a repeal of ObamaCare and a reauthorization of the Export-Import bank – while blocking all others in a procedure known as “filling the tree.”
Lee attempted to override the decision, but couldn’t get the support of 10 other senators.
Lee, along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), have been vocal critics of McConnell’s procedures for the highway bill, which they said was intended blocked a vote on defunding Planned Parenthood.
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