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'Beyond Frustrating': Why Pro-Life Leaders 'Incredibly Disappointed' in $1T Shutdown Deal

05-01-2017

WASHINGTON -- After weeks of negotiations and fears of a government shutdown, lawmakers have agreed on a $1 trillion budget package.

Republicans and Democrats agreed to the spending plan late Sunday night and the House is expected to vote on the measure this Wednesday.

The budget does not defund Planned Parenthood or so called "sanctuary cities" that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration laws. It also doesn't give the president money for a border wall, but it did give him more funding to strengthen the military.

"The agreement will move the needle forward on conservative priorities and will ensure that the essential functions of the federal government are maintained," Reuters quoted Jennifer Hing, a spokeswoman for Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee.

Democrats were also pleased with the bipartisan pact.

"This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said.

"The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren't used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle-class relies on, like medical research, education and infrastructure," he said.

In an interview with CBS, Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration "couldn't be more pleased" with the spending agreement that also has the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

"It's a bipartisan win for the American people," said Vice President Pence.

But pro-life groups are not on board with the spending bill. 

"It's beyond frustrating that Congress is poised to pass a government funding bill that continues to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion vendor and the subject of over a dozen criminal referrals from committees in both the House and Senate," Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for life of America, said.

"The Republican Party is the only party with an anti-abortion platform and whose candidates ran specifically on the promise to defund Planned Parenthood, yet, here we are, watching them pass a bill that funds Planned Parenthood even though they control the House, Senate, and White House," she charged.

And Susan B. Anthony List's President Marjorie Danenfelser says, "With pro-life Republican majorities in both houses, it is incredibly disappointing that any Republican spending bill would contain continued funding for Planned Parenthood."

Danenfelser says if the bill passes, it is imperative Republicans move quickly on a reconciliation bill that redirects federal funds from Planned Parenthood to Community Health Centers.

Congressman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, told CNN he thinks a lot of conservatives will be against the spending plan. Jordan says he plans to vote against the compromise because "it doesn't fight for the things we told the voters we were going to fight for."  

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