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Roy Blunt

Republicans divided on shutdown tactics to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON One day after Democrats filibustered a GOP bill to strip the roughly $500 million in federal funds that Planned Parenthood receives annually, Senate Republicans were torn over whether to threaten a government shutdown in order to defund the women's health services provider. Arizona Sen. John McCain said he supports attaching a provision to defund Planned Parenthood in the upcoming "continuing resolution" to keep the government running once funding expires on Sept. 30. He said Americans are "appalled" by recent videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fees for aborted fetal tissue, which the groups says was for medical research. "I...

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