President Barack Obama would veto legislation to continue funding the government if it strips federal money for Planned Parenthood, the White House said in a statement on Thursday. The threat came as Congress considers a bill to fund federal agencies past Sept. 30 and avoid a shutdown even as some lawmakers balk at taxpayer support for the healthcare group, which drawn protests over its use of fetal tissue from abortions. Senators plan to vote later on Thursday on a Republican bill to fund the government through Dec. 11 while stripping Planned Parenthood's funds. But Democrats are expected to block the move and force Republicans to bring up a so-called "clean" funding that does not target the group.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.