Senate kills rule meant to protect family planning funds

Senate kills rule meant to protect family planning fundsFor the second time on Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence took the rare step of breaking a tie in the U.S. Senate, as he cast the deciding vote in rolling back protections for federal funds for family planning and reproductive health. In a 51-50 vote, senators approved killing a rule intended to keep federal grants flowing to clinics that provide contraception and other services in states that want to block the funding. Earlier in the day, Pence was called upon to end the deadlock over advancing the resolution to a final vote.



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