Senate fails to pass bill to defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Although a majority of Senators voted yes, a minority of Democrats – joined by one Republican – managed to block an effort to defund Planned Parenthood this evening.

The final, 53-46 vote on the bill from Iowa Republican Joni Ernst fell largely along party lines.

Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell restored the use of the filibuster, stand-alone bills such as this one must have at least 60 votes to pass cloture.

Had the bill passed, President Obama promised through spokesman Josh Earnest to veto the bill. Overriding a veto requires 66 votes, a threshold no Hill watcher could envision.