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Pro-Life Rep: Many GOPers Will Vote Against Spending Bill If It Doesn't Defund Planned Parenthood

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"Many," he said. "You look at that vote, and how long that debate went...the [Planned Parenthood] amendment may have been the longest debate that I know of on the abortion issue since I've been here."

As I noted here and here, the biggest risk of a government shutdown at this point isn't that Democrats and Republicans will disagree on spending levels. It's that they'll clash over policy riders on abortion, the health care law, EPA authority, etc. If Smith isn't bluffing, Speaker John Boehner will need a lot of Democratic support to pass a final spending bill through the House.

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