Senate Democrats

Senate Republicans Calling On House Republicans Not To Shut Down The Government Over Women’s Health

Sen. Tom Coburn: “My Recommendation To My Friends In The House Is … Why Don’t You Take The Spending And Let’s Get On To The Budget.” Last night, Sen. Tom Coburn told MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, “The one thing I’ve learned in my years here is there’s one reason to talk about something, if you want to talk about it, to create a political climate. There’s another, the common sense way is what can I really get done? What’s the realities of the situation? And my recommendation to my friends in the House is, you know, it’s highly unlikely that many riders are going to get passed with a Democrat president and a Democrat Senate, so why don’t you take the spending and let’s get on to the budget.” [MSNBC, 4/7/11]

Sen. John Ensign: “We Just Have To Look At What We Can Do, What Is Achievable.” According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Ensign said that while he opposes abortion, Republicans ‘have to face reality. The Democrats are in control of the Senate, in the White House. The Democrats will never allow to defund Planned Parenthood while they are in charge.’ ‘We just have to look at what we can do, what is achievable,’ Ensign said, ‘and right now I think one of the biggest moral issues that we face in this country is the debt.’” [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 4/8/11]

Sen. Pat Toomey: “There Are Other Bigger Battles We Can Be Fighting.” According to The Hill, “Republicans should ‘move on’ from insisting on defunding Planned Parenthood in a 2011 spending bill, a Republican senator said Friday. With less than 24 hours to go until a shutdown, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) suggested that a rider to defund Planned Parenthood, a key sticking point in reaching an agreement, was expendable. ‘[We] just need to recognize,’ Toomey said on MSNBC. ‘We should aggressively go for everything we can get and move on’ … He said Republicans should be prepared to ‘move on, because there are other bigger battles we can be fighting.’” [The Hill, 4/8/11]

Sen. Johnny Isaakson: “If We Have Some Differences On Policy, Reserve Those On The Debate For The 2012 Budget Appropriations Act And Let’s Get Moving.” “It is time that we got the current agreement and I understand there is one on how much we cut done. If we have some differences on policy, reserve those on the debate for the 2012 budget appropriations act and let’s get moving everybody here — get moving.” [Congressional Record. 4/8/11]

Sen. Ron Johnson: “Get Past This Year’s Budget.” According to Roll Call’s David Drucker, “Tea Party fav Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI):’We need 2 get past this year’s budget & move 2 Rep Ryan’s fiscal ’12 budget plan.” [Roll Call, via Twitter, 4/8/11]

Sen. Mark Kirk: “Republicans Should Give On … The Extraneous Policy Riders So That Government Does Not Shut Down.” According to the Chicago Sun-Times, “With a shutdown looming, Illinois Republicans Sen. Mark Kirk and Rep. Mark Dold are on a conference call now–it started after 5 p.m. est–and each said Planned Parenthood should not be 100 percent defunded; Said Kirk, ‘Democrats should give on spending proposals because we need more discipline and Republicans should give on the the extraneous policy riders so that government does not shut down,’ a reference to the House GOP move to defund Planned Parenthood’s women health services. A shut down could still be averted, Kirk said. ‘There is precious little distance between the President and the Speaker over spending,’ Kirk said.” [Chicago Sun-Times, 4/8/11]