Brown breaks with party on Planned Parenthood debate
March 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Brown breaks with party on Planned Parenthood debate

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Scott Brown said Tuesday he disagrees with the Republican House effort to cut off support for Planned Parenthood as part of the ongoing budget negotiations.

"I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts," the Massachusetts senator said in a statement. "However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."

Conservatives in the House have demanded Congress end funding for the organization because of its abortion services and last month passed an amendment, largely along party lines, to end funding. Although current law prevents the use of federal money for abortion procedures, critics argue the money guarantees the organization has the resources to provide the operation.

Brown, a freshman senator from a historically Democratic state, is up for reelection in 2012 and is the latest Republican to break with his party over funding for the non-profit organization. Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susah Collins of Maine have also raised concerns about cutting off funding, an issue sure to receive attention as the Senate and House debate how to continue funding the government when the current continuing resolution expires April 8.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee used Brown's statement to criticize him in an email to supporters Tuesday.

"If Scott Brown felt this way, he should have shown some backbone and opposed these cuts in the first place," Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Matt Canter said in a statement.

The statement pointed to Brown's support of the Republican budget passed earlier in March that cut all funding for Planned Parenthood.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Obama 2012

    He is really turning out to be a not so bad Republican. He is one of the very few with the keen ability to think for himself.

    March 23, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. DJ in TX

    At least Scott Brown votes his mind and not just with his party. This is not the 1st time he's gone against the party. ALL congress should take these sort of stances. Vote your beliefs and your constituents beliefs, not just with your party. You can be a Republican or Democrat without being an idealogue.

    March 23, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. No tea, coffee only

    Hope he will stand up when it counts, if so I will give him full credit for not being a blind follower of the misguided budget mindset the "fiscal conservatives" have.

    March 23, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Ernie

    Republican Sen. Scott Brown should start think that the government can't fund every organization who wants tax payer money. Sen. Scott Brown should taking a look and the Tax Payers check book, he should treat the the Tax Payers check like his own. When there's no money there's no money. What does Plan Parenthood do? since when to people need to have someone tell them how to plan for a family and then tell how to raise their childern. Plan Parenthood is another "ACORN". If Sen Scott Brown doesn't cut the funding for Plan Parenthood he should not be re-elect to the senate. The good times are over there's not money for any program to be funded by the tax payers. I believe Sen Scott Brown should reconsider.

    March 23, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. larry

    Brown is a Democrat that posed as a Republican. I applaud the dems on how they duped people in to thinking anyone but a Democrat was going to win in "Teddy's state"

    March 23, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Martha in CF

    Scott Brown is the only Republican with any common sense. How refreshes that he stands up for what he believes in. I am glad he is not a puppet.

    March 23, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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