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McConnell Surrenders On Planned Parenthood Before Fall Budget Battles Even Start

Mitch McConnell made headlines for -once again- caring more about polling numbers than good policy. He saw the fight to defund Planned Parenthood heading his way, and already he is hiding from the fight in the proverbial nurse’s office.

The Washington Examiner reports:

The Senate Republican leadership gave its strongest signal yet that they will not attach a provision to defund Planned Parenthood to critical government spending legislation in September.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Thursday that he has learned a lesson from past attempts by the GOP to try to use spending legislation as leverage to win concessions on other issues, and it has backfired politically.

“We’ve been down this path before,” McConnell said. “This is a tactic that has been tried going back to the ’90s and it always has the same ending — that the focus is on the government shutdown and not on the underlying issue that is being protested.”

McConnell declined to say specifically that a provision to defund Planned Parenthood would be excluded from the bill, but he strongly suggested it wouldn’t be part of the equation.

“We intend to continue to pursue the facts, and we’ll look for other opportunities to make our voices heard on Planned Parenthood.”

I think McConnell may have gotten a little confused…. it’s the job of citizens to make their voices heard on the Planned Parenthood videos, which they have. It is the job of Congress to pass laws that represent the voices of those outraged citizens.

If a Republican-controlled House and Senate can’t manage to defund a criminal organization who has been implicated in at least 5 videos of trafficking fetal body parts, then seriously, what can they do? Can they do anything?

A Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood failed 53-46 earlier this week.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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