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Rand Paul Proposes Budget Amendment to Defund Planned Parenthood

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A Republican Senator from Kentucky introduced a budget amendment Friday that would strip federal funding form the abortionists at Planned Parenthood.

“The amendment, attached to the Senate appropriations package to fund the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, forbids any funds going through those departments from directly or indirectly going to any entity that performs or finances most abortions,” according to Life Site News.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking from the GOP establishment whom, with control of the House, Senate and Presidency, have not acted on the pro-life values that Republicans love to tout on the campaign trail.

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Weak Republicans, led by the weakest of them all, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have taken advantage of the pro-life platform, but have failed to deliver. Even under President Barack H. Obama the Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress. They could have made a power play to defund the abortionists, forcing Obama to comply or shut down the federal government. It was a win/win situation politically, and the GOP establishment still figured out a way to lose.

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“One of the top priorities for a Republican Congress that professes pro-life values on the campaign trail should be to stop taxpayer funding for abortion providers,” Paul said. “This is our chance to turn our words into action, stand up for the sanctity of life, and speak out for the most innocent among us that have no voice.”

Paul noted that any women’s health clinic that does not provide abortions will have continued access to federal funding, and that the bill makes exceptions for rare cases of rape and incest.

Planned Parenthood received $543 million in taxpayer funds during fiscal year 2016-2017, even after President Donald J. Trump campaigned on defunding the organization.

Unless Congressional Republicans suddenly grow a spine, the amendment is unlikely to be signed into law, though Paul emphasizing the issue is a welcome sign.

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Joe Biden Surges in South Carolina, Florida, Throwing Wrench into Sanders’ Easy Victory

Biden might actually consolidate the ‘moderate’ lane after all.

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Joe Biden appears to be surging in the forthcoming Democratic primary state of South Carolina, throwing a wrench into what some have called an easy path to victory for frontrunner Bernie Sanders.

Biden has looked to South Carolina as a redoubt for his campaign after struggling mightily in the first three primary and caucus states. After Sanders’ resounding Nevada victory, he appeared set to challenge the former Vice President in the first southern state to vote, but the latest rounds of polling reveal that Biden has the state on lock.

A Monmouth University poll released Thursday showed Biden with a blowout lead of twenty percentage points in the Palmetto state. Biden has made appeal to African American voters a crucial element of his primary strategy, and the South Carolina polling suggests he’s retained strong support from black voters, even after his early campaign mishaps. African American voters form a majority of the state’s Democratic primary electorate.

Sanders languishes in a distant second in the poll, trailing Biden by a margin of 36% to 16%. Other polling recently conducted shows Biden with a smaller lead, but Sanders is yet to take the lead in a South Carolina poll with two days before the election.

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New polling also shows the former Vice President retaking the lead in the Super Tuesday state of Florida, leading second-place Michael Bloomberg by a strong margin of nine percent. Sanders is all the way in third place in the Florida St. Pete poll, and such a finish in one of the first big states to vote after Super Tuesday would likely ensure that the Democratic Primary remains wide open.

Biden’s polling suggests that the career politician might actually have a chance to consolidate support from self-identifying ‘moderate’ Democrats, after competitors like Pete Buttigieg and Michael Bloomberg appeared set to eat his lunch.

 

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