Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell believes that trying to defund Planned Parenthood is an “exercise in futility.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill.
“It’s an exercise in futility,” the Kentucky Republican said of a strategy that would likely provoke a government shutdown. “I’m anxious to defund Planned Parenthood” but “the honest answer of that is that’s not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view.”
“It’s better to be honest with the American people and say, ‘That won’t get it done,’” he added.
While the numbers may show that a Democrat-led White House decreases the odds of defunding Planned Parenthood, the numbers also show that the odds of defunding it are ZERO if you don’t even try in the first place.
If the budget bill isn’t the time to debate what the government should and should not be funding, what on earth is the right time?