House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood as Shutdown Looms

House Republicans, as expected, passed two bills attacking Planned Parenthood today in an attempt by party leaders to placate conservatives angling for a fight over the organization’s funding that could end in a government shutdown. Both votes were symbolic: The measures face an uphill battle in the Senate, given Democrats’ ability to filibuster. The White House has said President Obama would veto both bills.

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