The White House is urging Congressional Republicans and Democrats to compromise on a plan to avoid a government shutdown due to disagreements on budget and funding of Planned Parenthood.
A government shutdown on the 1st of October would make financial market unstable and the House of Representatives has only seven legislative days until the end of the fiscal year on the 30th of September, thus the need of Federal funding and a possible government shutdown, if House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner does not bring a spending bill in front of the House for passage.
While trying to work out a stopgap funding bill, House Speaker Boehner is tested on his leadership skills by some of his fellow Republican representatives who want him out of his position as Speaker.
According to Reuters, Boehner stated “The goal here is not to shut down the government. The goal is to stop these horrific practices of organizations selling body parts.”
Conservative Republican are urging for a defunding measure to Planned Parenthood, the women reproductive health organization, which has been under fire regarding secretly taped videos of the organization’s officials selling aborted fetal tissue.
The videos were released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress that claims Planned Parenthood has been selling body parts for profit. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood, who gets more than $500 million a year in government funding, says that they had done nothing illegal and that no profit was made by the tissues that are used by biological companies for advanced research.
Planned Parenthood has been under the attack of the Republican Party for many years and the organization says that abortion is only a small part of their services.
Besides the demands to cut Planned Parenthood funding, Democrat and Republican representatives are disagreeing on issues such as lifting tight spending caps on domestic programs.
According to Reuters, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said “If Republican leaders maintain their insistence on trying to pass a budget along party lines, then we are going to be headed for a shutdown, because it’s clear to anyone who’s been paying attention for the last several months that they don’t have the votes to pass a budget.” He also added “The way to avoid that is for Democrats and Republicans to do what they did two years ago, which is finally sit down and try to work in bipartisan fashion to negotiate the kind of budget agreement that neither side would think is perfect, but that both sides would acknowledge are in the best interest of the United States and our economy.”
If the House representatives do not come to terms until the end of September, many government agencies would have to put their operations to a halt similarly to the government shutdown in 2013 when Republicans tried to kill Obamacare by attaching it to federal spending bill.