Republicans Divided on Shutdown Tactics to Defund Planned Parenthood

While numerous Republicans advocate using a government shutdown as a political weapon, leaders and vulnerable senators are reluctant to do so.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 28: Texas Republican Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz speaks during a Anti-abortion rally opposing federal funding for Planned Parenthood in front of the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2015 in Washington, DC.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery

One day after Democrats filibustered a GOP bill to strip the roughly $500 million in federal funds that Planned Parenthood receives annually, Senate Republicans were torn over whether to threaten a government shutdown in order to defund the women's health services provider.  

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