VP Pence grins as he casts tie-breaking Senate vote allowing states to keep federal grant money away from abortion clinics

Thursday, March 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

50-50 Senate vote required VP Mike Pence to break a tie on Thursday
Measure will roll back an Obama-era rule that forbade states from denying HHS family-planning block grant money to abortion clinics
Last time a sitting VP broke a deadlock on legislation was 2008
Pence cast one tie-breaker already, on the confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

By David Martosko, US Political Editor
30 March 2017

A grinning Vice President Mike Pence cast a tiebreaking U.S. Senate vote on Thursday, moving one step closer to giving states the power to deny some federal block-grant funds to abortion providers including Planned Parenthood.

With Democrats’ mouths agape, Pence came to the Senate chamber to break a 50-50 deadlock on the measure, which ended debate on a move to change how so-called Title X funding is distributed.

The vice president is a staunchly pro-life conservative.

Title X is the only federal grant program ‘dedicated solely to providing individuals with comprehensive family planning and related preventive health services,’ according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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