The US government might be listening to “Closing Time” this week. There could be another government shutdown. Hooray.
Yup. Every year, Congress has to pass a budget. Which is tricky when passing things isn’t Congress's forte. Two years ago, the government shut down for weeks because some lawmakers wanted to defund Obamacare. This time, the argument’s about Planned Parenthood.
The GOP wants to pull the plug on the nonprofit’s funding. Though government money doesn’t actually go towards shmashmortion, about $500 million goes towards things like treating STDs and providing contraception.
No. A lot of the organization’s funding comes from Medicaid, which wouldn’t be affected. But the fight’s not just about the money -- it’s also about what many GOPers say is the moral issue surrounding Planned Parenthood.
Earlier this year, a pro-life group released a series of undercover videos (which Planned Parenthood says are edited) that appear to show PP officials discussing selling organs and tissue from aborted fetuses for a profit. While it's not illegal to donate fetal tissue for medical research, it IS illegal to profit from it in any way. Which Planned Parenthood says it doesn’t. The GOP’s not so sure. Congress is investigating.
Congress has until October 1st to vote through a budget, or it could be looking at a shutdown. But the shutdown was made less likely last week when John Boehner (R-OH) resigned as House speaker. He doesn’t offically leave until the end of October. Until then, he’s trying to cut a deal with other lawmakers to keep the government open for biz…without fearing that his GOP frenemies could kick him out of his position. He beat them to the mic drop.
Abortion is always a seriously divisive topic in DC and around the country. But both sides of the aisle are being particularly vocal about it now because of a little thing called 2016. If you haven’t heard, there’s an election coming up.