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House approves funding cut for Planned Parenthood
Friday in Washington, it's all about the budget. House Republicans are hoping to cut up to $100 billion just this year.
The budget bill has more than $61 billion in spending cuts. But, Senate Democrats insist they will not agree to the deep cuts being voted by the Republican controlled House.
Republicans are pushing for a flurry of cuts to education and funding for the healthcare overhaul.
One Republican proposal the house approved today? Blocking federal aid to Planned Parenthood.
"The amendment that I bring to the floor tonight would deny any and all funding to Planned Parenthood federation of America and its affiliates for the rest of the fiscal year," said Rep. Mike Pence.
Friday's vote is a victory for anti-abortion groups who say taxpayer money should not go to groups that provide or promote abortion.
A number of health centers will be affected in Central Nebraska. Though they don't have direct ties to Planned Parenthood there are 34 clinical sites that receive Title 10 funding.
The Central Health Center in Grand Island is one of those clinics. It offers services like HIV, STD and pregnancy tests.
If Representative Pence's bill makes it through it would cut Title 10 funding which makes nearly 17 percent of the budget.
Administrators said it will mean loss of personnel and services for its nearly 5400 patients.
The bill will now go to the Democratic controlled U.S. Senate for approval.
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