Vice President Mike Pence saved the day on Thursday but it’s bittersweet for some Republicans. The legislation that gives states the ability to federal funding to Planned Parenthood has been advanced after Pence came in and broke a tie.
Even though the Republicans hold a majority in the Senate of 52-48 Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted against the measure.
Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson is recovering from back surgery but was called in to place his vote. It was his vote in particular that tied the votes.
The Republicans left the vote open for a little over an hour before finally getting Pence to break the tie.
Susan Collins, one of the Republicans who voted against the legislation said: “It’s important to recognize that there is already a bar against using federal funds for abortion and that bar stays in effect. That’s a prohibition that I personally support, but I’m a strong supporter of family planning funds.”
This new legislation would allow states to freely choose if they want to cut funds towards abortion and other services of Planned Parenthood.
According to the Washington Post, this is the second time that Pence was called in to break a tie.