Paul Ryan said that the House is planning to use the legislative process of reconciliation to defund Planned Parenthood. Reconciliation is a way to get around the 60 votes that are usually required to kill a filibuster , which there will surely be in this case; and only requires a simple majority of 51 votes.
The Washington Times reports – Speaker Paul Ryan said the House will use reconciliation in order to defund Planned Parenthood in the Obamacare repeal bill.
“We think reconciliation is the tool, because that gets it in law,” Mr. Ryan said at a press conference Tuesday. “Reconciliation is the way to go.”
Congress could also defund Planned Parenthood through the continuing resolution funding the government, which expires April 28. But Senate Democrats could filibuster the must-pass legislation and shut down the government.
Mr. Ryan said there is no timetable for the new health care bill.
“I’m not going to put a timeline on it, because this is too important to not get right and to put an artificial timeline on it,” he said.
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