Mike Pence and Congressional Republicans vote to defund Planned Parenthood, although Pryor and fellow Democrats defeat bill in Senate

Congressman Mike Pence Speaks at CPAC 2010

I have started a series on the differences of Mark Pryor and John Boozman on the issue of a balanced budget amendment. I have also spent a lot of time talking about the prospects of Mark Pryor’s re-election in 2014. Today I am looking at the difference between the conservatism of every member of our delegation versus Pryor’s values (which seem to be very liberal). How long can he survive in Arkansas as the state turns red? 

Jason Tolbert reported today:

One vote would have stopped federal fund to Planned Parenthood while the other would have defunded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).

Both measure passed the House with the full support of all four Arkansas Congressman including Democratic Rep. Mike Ross (votes here andhere.)  However both measure failed to pass the Senate with Arkansas Senators split their votes – Sen. John Boozman voting for defunding and Sen. Mark Pryor voting against it (votes here and here).


U.S. Congressman Mike Pence’s measure on eliminating federal funding to Planned Parenthood passed with bipartisan support 241-185-1. But failed in the Senate on a vote of 42-58. 5 Republicans voted against Pence’s amendment.

Pence gave a speech on the House floor on why this organization, which is the largest provider taxpayer funding for abortion, should not be granted federal funds.

Not only is abortion morally wrong, but it is also morally wrong for taxpayers to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidize the largest abortion provider in America.

In his speech on the House floor, Pence reminded all that his amendment will not cut one penny from Title X women’s health services, just to Planned Parenthood.

“Today, thanks to the leadership of Speaker John Boehner, Congress will do something about that.

“Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America.

“In 2009, Planned Parenthood made a meager 977 adoption referrals, saw 7,021 prenatal clients, and performed an unprecedented 332,278 abortions.

“During that time Planned Parenthood received $363.2 million in taxpayer dollars.

“Planned Parenthood received $1 million a day and performed nearly 1,000 abortions a day.

“H.Con.Res. 36 will put an end to the taxpayer subsidy of Planned Parenthood once and for all.

“Despite the hyperbolic rhetoric of the Left, H.Con.Res. 36 will not cut one penny from Title X women’s health services, it merely denies those funds to the largest abortion provider in the land.

“Thanks to the leadership of Speaker of the House John Boehner, the American people will be able to see who stands with taxpayers and who stands with Big Abortion.


House Passes H.R. 1473 (FY 2011 CR); H. Con. Res. 35 Defunding Obamacare; H. Con. Res. 36 Defunding Planned Parenthood

April 14, 2011, 4:10 pm, Central

Diane W. Collins



Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA)

Common Sense Statement on HR 1473

The House of Representatives had quite a busy day passing H.R. 1473, the FY 2011 CR; H. Con. Res. 35, defunding Obamacare implementation; and H. Con. Res. 36, defunding Planned Parenthood.

After debate, H.R. 1473 passed the House 260 to 167. 179 Republicans and 81 Democrats voted for the resolution while 59 Republicans and 108 Democrats voted against it. Bipartisan support was needed. Some Conservatives did not feel they could support legislation that did not fulfill their campaign promise to cut a total of $100B from FY 2011. The total cuts were $78.9B. Other Conservatives felt the Republicans were not cutting enough. (Congressmen, we are attempting to change the direction of a huge ocean liner. She is beginning to turn. Get behind the tug boat.) Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) made a great common sense statement regarding HR 1473 on the House floor this morning… “Sometimes you have the wring to mop out once or twice to clean up the mess.”

The House proceeded to H Con. Res. 35 and 36 which according to the deal cut in forming H.R. 1473 are to be allowed up or down votes on the Senate floor. The House proceeded to debate and passed both resolutions. The final vote for H. Con. Res. 35 was 240 to 185. Final vote on H. Con. Res. 36 was 241 to 185 with one present vote.


It has been 150 years since the beginning of the Civil War that started in April of 1861 at Ft Sumter.

The Old Trinity Church with the United States Capitol Dome under construction behind it.

The Old Trinity Church with the United States Capitol Dome under construction behind it.
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