Senator votes to fund government; end federal support of Planned Parenthood

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - On Wednesday, United States Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss. voted in favor of a spending measure to fund the federal government until December 11, and to end federal support of Planned Parenthood.

According to a statement from Wicker's office, the legislation would have redirected federal dollars from Planned Parenthood to community health centers and women's health programs. The bill, which required 60 votes to move forward to a final vote, was blocked by Senate Democrats.

"I strongly support the provision in the bill to defund Planned Parenthood, and I remain committed to fighting for the rights of the unborn and shielding taxpayers from funding this organization," said Wicker. "I share the feelings of many Mississippians who have called and written in to my office to express their disgust with the lack of compassion shown by Planned Parenthood executives as well as the gruesome practices they carry out. Although the measure was blocked by Senate Democrats, this debate is far from over."

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