Fifty-two members of the U.S. Senate blocked legislation on Thursday that could have cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

 

Protesters against Planned Parenthood

(breitbart.com)

A mix of Democrats, independents, and Republicans came together to vote against the women’s health provider. President Barack Obama planned on vetoing legislation to continue funding the government if the vote had put an end to Planned Parenthood’s funding. Many believe that this vote has brought the United States one step closer to avoiding a government shutdown on October 1.

 

 

Some Republican leaders are still fighting the annual funding given to Planned Parenthood. U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has continued to speak out against sending funds to Planned Parenthood after the legislation was blocked by the Senate. He attempted to postpone the funding bill, but no senator was willing to “second” his motion.             

 

On Monday, the Senate advanced a bill with a 77-19 bipartisan vote that will fund the government through December 11. If the bill is passed soon, the October 1 shutdown may be avoided. What could happen if a government shutdown takes place?   

 

If the United States faces a shutdown, many government employees would be temporarily out of work, and some government facilities may cease or slow down operations. When the 16 day government shutdown occurred in 2013, over 6.5 million workdays were lost throughout the United States. Although these employees weren’t working, they were still paid, costing the U.S. government about $2.5 billion after the shutdown ended.         

 

The House of Representatives still needs to pass the bill to temporarily continue funding the government by Wednesday in order to help prevent a potential shutdown.   

 

How likely is it that a government shutdown will take place this year? What can be done to avoid a shutdown? Leave a comment or talk to me on Twitter @Karbowski_Devon.