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Kirk, Dold Hope to Avoid Government Shutdown

Dold says he will not commit to crossing party lines if Planned Parenthood remains a sticking point.

and remained hopeful the federal government would not shutter at 11 p.m. Friday, but Dold was unwilling to specifically commit to maintaining funding for Planned Parenthood to avoid a shut down. 

Dold would not agree to voting against members of his party to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood if it were the only way to keep the government afloat. 

Comments and accusations have been flying back and forth between members of Congress blaming each other for the potential shut down if Congress does not pass a continuing resolution Friday to fund the federal government. 

Kirk and Dold spoke to members of the local media on a conference call Friday afternoon to explain the latest progress. 

According to a statement earlier today by , House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and President Barack Obama agreed on an amount to reduce federal spending. She said Republicans insisted Planned Parenthood, the Environmental Protection Agency and public broadcasting be cut as part of the deal. 

Dold explained he was awaiting a response from Reid on the House’s latest proposal. He also said he met with Boehner earlier in the day and was not told Planned Parenthood was the sticking point between the parties. 

“The policy issues have been settled," Dold said. “Now it is about spending. We can’t spend dollars we don’t have.”

Dold has voted previously to maintain funding for Planned Parenthood. 

When specifically asked by Patch during the call, Dold would not commit to crossing the aisle if it was the only way to save Planned Parenthood and avert a shut down. He wants to see a response to the House’s latest proposal from the Senate first. 

“I have voted not to defund Planned Parenthood, " Dold said. "Let’s see what comes across. We’ve given [the Senate] $61 billion in cuts and have yet to see a response.” 

Kirk said the difference between House and Senate Republicans was a more narrow view on spending by his colleagues in the upper chamber. Policy issues are not in contention there. 

“The Senate has not singled out Planned Parenthood for cuts,” Kirk said. “It has broad-based support.” He mentioned two of his colleagues—Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)—agreed with him. “Extreme policy measures are not part of the legislation.” 

Kirk believes a deal will be consummated at the last minute. “It will probably happen at 11 tonight,” Kirk said. “That’s the way these things usually work.” 

thebardofmurdock April 08, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Legal, Safe and Rare A fourteen-trillion deficit Is nothing at to sneer, But in these times of hope and change We think we’ve been austere. Another one-point-five-trillion And then we’ll start to pare: We want to keep our budget cuts All legal, safe and rare. We know the voters turned us out The last election day, And gave the House to radicals, Hell-bent on foul play. But voters took a different tack And did the Senate spare, So we just treat Republicans As legal, safe and rare. Though consequences are to flow Beyond the ballot box, In truth we don’t much give a damn For populi’s clear vox. So let those new House members Pass all the bills they dare; Their chances in the Upper House Are legal, safe and rare. And if the House’s budget cuts Are aimed at NPR, We’ll brand the cuts extremist hate; We’ll paint the cuts bizarre. And if Planned Parenthood should fall Into the budget snare, Abortion’s kept, we’ll say, by us As legal, safe and rare. Here’s hoping never comes the day The public starts to seek, The truth behind our fresh facade And media technique. For if they do we run the risk They may become aware: Few words can mask the truth as well As legal, safe and rare. thebardofmurdock.com
Lisa Krivenki April 09, 2011 at 12:02 AM
How about we quit invading other countries!
tamika h April 09, 2011 at 02:45 AM
also quit exploring the moon, spending millions of dollars for people to go up there for months at a time and for what!? worry about whats going on down here!! there are plenty of causes that could use that money. Why is it that we never money for things we need to fix our government, but we have money to fight wars, walk on the moon, and for weapons, things that we dont need to be doing. I know war is neccesary sometimes, but we dont have to get involved in everyones disputes!

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