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Boehner Coy on Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

By JM Rieger and Matt Fuller

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Three weeks away from a government shutdown, as Republicans wrestle with just how far they’re willing to go to defund Planned Parenthood, Speaker John A. Boehner isn’t ruling out anything.“Listen: The goal here is not to shut down government,” Boehner said during his weekly news conference. “The goal is to stop these horrific practices of [Planned Parenthood] selling baby parts. So that’s the goal.” But Boehner made it clear Republicans haven’t decided how they’re going to handle Planned Parenthood in an upcoming continuing resolution. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been emphatic that Republicans in his chamber don’t have the votes to defund Planned Parenthood, Boehner has largely avoided that question by repeating one of his favorite CR lines: “No decisions have been made.” Read more.

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