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NewsOne’s PolitickerOne blog tackles some of the most important topics in politics: Election 2016, moves by the Obama administration, voting rights, lawmaking, and the way that elected officials represent our communities. Three times a week, we will go beyond the mainstream media’s “pack” coverage of politics to highlight the underreported aspects of how politics and policy affect you and the people you care about. In between, follow the conversation on Twitter at #PolitickerOne.

69 Percent of Americans Oppose Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood

Following Republican House Speaker John Boehner‘s surprise resignation last week, Planned Parenthood has become a prominent presence in headlines as the right flank of his party threatens to shut down the federal government in an effort to defund the popular health care agency.

But instead of agreeing to a shutdown, the 65-year-old U.S. Representative from Ohio chose to step aside, telling CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday that voters need to “beware of false prophets,” meaning conservatives will not be able to defund Planned Parenthood, a move Democrats have vowed to fight.

Democrats are not the only ones who oppose a shutdown over Planned Parenthood. Sixty-nine percent of American voters oppose shutting down the federal government in the dispute over Planned Parenthood, according to results of a Quinnipiac University National Poll released Monday.

Only 23 percent support closing the government in the dispute. Fifty-six percent to 36 percent of Republicans oppose a shutdown due to Planned Parenthood. Meanwhile, just 44 percent to 39 percent have a favorable opinion of the group, the results show.

“While voter support for Planned Parenthood is tepid, most American voters, especially women and Democrats, don’t want to cut off federal funding,” Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

“And voters say 3-1, ‘Don’t shut down the federal government over this issue,’ he continued. “Most Republicans oppose a shutdown.”

Planned Parenthood is one of the nation’s largest abortion providers, which makes it a favorite target of right to life conservatives. They pledged to defund the group this summer after an anti-abortion organization released a series of doctored videos that claimed to show workers selling aborted fetal parts. Even after it became apparent that the videos had been altered, the lawmakers did not change their tune.

But Boehner’s resignation, which will come at the end of October, decreases the likelihood of a shutdown, according to CBS.

“The Senate is expected to pass a continuing resolution next week…we’ll also take up a select committee to investigate these horrific videos that we’ve seen from abortion clinics that we’ve seen in several states,” Boehner said.

House Democrats and Planned Parenthood immediately condemned the creation of the new select committee. Meanwhile, the Senate is hammering out a bill to fund the government, including Planned Parenthood, through Dec. 11.

SOURCE: Quinnipiac University Poll | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty


WATCH: Donald Trump Unveils Tax Plan

Since Donald Trump, real estate mogul and reality television star, entered the 2016 presidential race this summer, he has been criticized for being low on substance and high on rhetoric.

On Monday, the Republican front-runner worked to put that criticism to rest. He released a tax reform plan that promises to simplify the U.S. tax code if he becomes president following the election.

“There will be a major tax reduction,” he said at a news conference at his Trump Tower property in Manhattan, saying the plan would simplify the tax code and grow the American economy.

Watch the video above and let us know your thoughts in the comments.



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