Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) said today that “Republicans should ‘move on’ from insisting on defunding Planned Parenthood in a 2011 spending bill,” The Hill reports.
"I’d like to defund Planned Parenthood, but I understand that Republicans don’t have complete control of the elected government," Toomey said on MSNBC. "I think what we should do is cut spending as much as we can, get the policy changes that we can, but move on, because there are other, bigger battles that we are fighting."
Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) “said House Republicans should drop most provisions governing such policy issues as abortion in budget talks and ‘probably should’ accept spending cuts close to what Democrats are offering to avert a government shutdown.”
President Barack Obama isn’t likely to sign legislation with House-passed policy “riders,” including restrictions on abortion, the Oklahoma Republican said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. Coburn, an obstetrician who opposes abortion, said it’s more important to find solutions to put the country on a longer-term path to fiscal stability.
“It’s pretty unrealistic to think with this president that you’re going to get a lot of riders,” said Coburn, 63. “That’s number one. Number two is, what’s the greatest moral dilemma of our day? Abortion certainly is a big one, but if we don’t address all these other financial issues that are going to cripple those that are with us, we’ll be making a mistake.”