Pelosi Won’t Speculate on What She’ll Do If GOP CR Prohibits Funding Planned Parenthood

By Elizabeth Harrington | September 22, 2011 | 6:22pm EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) at her Sept. 22, 2011 briefing on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( - Saying it was not worth discussing the endless “horrors” Republicans could come up with until they actually presented their next proposal for a continuing resolution, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) refused to speculate on how she would react if Republicans proposed prohibiting funding of Planned Parenthood in the bill that needs to be passed to fund the government after the fiscal year ends next Friday.

“Let’s hope that they’re not playing games with us--and now we are getting into games,” Pelosi said, when asked by how committed she would be to stopping a provision to defund of Planned Parenthood.

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“Why don’t we come back and have another press conference after they say what they are going to do,” said Pelosi. “Because I think it’s a waste of your time and my time to speculate on the horrors that they could come up with--because we know they are endless and we could be here a long time.

“So why don’t we just say this: We wish them the best,” said Pelosi. “We understand that when you need to get 218 votes you have to count on your own side of the aisle to do that if you don’t want to do it in a bipartisan way.”

Pelosi and 181 other House Democrats joined with 48 House conservative to vote against a continuing resolution that Republican leaders brought to the House floor on Wednesday. The CR was defeated 195 to 230.

Pelosi and other Democrats opposed the CR because it offset the cost of disaster relief it would provide to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by cutting $1.5 billion from the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loans program which gives government-subsidized financing to automakers.

Conservatives opposed it because it only cut spending by $7 billion on an annualized basis from the level of federal spending this year, and because it permitted funding for many programs conservatives oppose, including implementation of Obamacare and funding for Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

At Thursday’s briefing Pelosi said she was committed to the Democratic position on not offsetting the disaster relief funding with cuts in other programs.

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