Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is doubling down on his promise not to allow a government shutdown on his watch, not even on the issue of defunding Planned Parenthood.
"There's no education in the second kick of a mule,” McConnell told reporters, according to National Review.
"[During shutdowns] the focus is on the fact that the government is shut down, not what the underlying issue that is being protested is," the Kentucky Republican explained.
"So look, what Planned Parenthood is engaged in is truly outrageous," he said. "The videos are beyond disturbing. The question is, what is the best way to go forward."
Federal funding is set to expire on Oct. 1, and several Republican lawmakers have said they support
risking a government shutdown in order to defund Planned Parenthood.
McConnell added that Planned Parenthood is being investigated in the Senate by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"We intend to continue to pursue the facts and nobody's better at doing that than Chuck Grassley and we'll look at other opportunities to make our voices heard on Planned Parenthood," he said.
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