Republican sees no government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding

U.S. House Majority Leader McCarthy pauses while explaining his decision to withdraw from the race to replace retiring House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday said he expects lawmakers to debate federal funding this month for Planned Parenthood as they consider spending legislation for the current fiscal year, but he did not expect a government shutdown over funding for the women’s health group. McCarthy, responding to questions about whether the deadly shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado would affect Republican opposition to funding the group, told reporters he expected a “healthy debate” before the bill is passed to fund the government through next September. Robert Lewis Dear, 57, was expected to face multiple counts of murder and attempted murder in the attack.

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