Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) “has erased from the Congressional record his false claim that abortions comprise 90% of Planned Parenthood’s services,” Talking Points Memo reports.
According to the Library of Congress website, members of Congress are entitled to "edit the transcript of their floor remarks before publication in the daily record or the permanent record."
On April 8, Kyl said that, "If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does." Following the change, the Congressional Record now reads, "If you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood and that is what Planned Parenthood does."
Soon after Kyl delivered his false claim, critics pointed out that abortions actually make up only about 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services. Kyl’s office then issued a clarification, saying his claim was not intended to be a factual statement.
Senators have given final passage to a measure (Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act – H.R. 1473) that funds government programs for the remainder of this fiscal year by a vote of 81-19. A unanimous consent agreement required 60 votes for passage.
Prior to that action, members voted on two “correcting resolutions” to the budget measure. A unanimous consent agreement required 60 votes for either to pass.
According to the House Rules Committee, passage of one or both of these resolutions would have led the House Clerk to add such language as a “correction” to the final budget legislation.
The first resolution, H.Con.Res. 35, would have defunded the health reform law. It was defeated by a vote of 47-53.
The second, H.Con.Res. 36, would have banned funds for Planned Parenthood. It was defeated by a vote of 42-58.
The House having already passed this budget bill, it now goes to President Obama for his signature.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was able to reach a unanimous consent agreement earlier tonight that locked in votes tomorrow on the budget measure (H.R. 1473) to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year.
According to The Hill, Senators “will also vote on two resolutions, one to ban federal funds for Planned Parenthood, another to defund the new healthcare law.”
All votes will be subject to a 60-vote threshold for passage. They will begin shortly after the House finishes their work on the funding measure, which Senators hope will be in the afternoon.