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Apr102011

Abortion at Issue in Debate Over Budget

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In a fiery debate on ABC’s This Week, Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., insisted that the other side was to blame for the near-shutdown of the federal government and battled over the funding of Planned Parenthood.

"These guys took us to the brink not only to do something that won't create a job, but to impose their own sorta right-wing policies on the country," Van Hollen said. "We can disagree about a very controversial issue, and we do, but using this budget process to try and impose that position on the country and threaten to shut down the government is just wrong."

Pence hit back: "Speaker John Boehner made it clear that the policy issues, including my amendment on abortion providers had been negotiated."

"This administration and liberals in Congress were willing to shut the government down to continue to fund abortion providers in this country."

ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour injected. "But you know that federal funds don't do that," she said.

"In February of this year," Pence said, "the Pence Amendment passed on a bipartisan basis of 240 votes. It denied federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America."

Van Hollen, appearing a bit riled up, insisted, "the facts are not one penny of taxpayer money goes to Planned Parenthood or anybody else for abortion."

Pence tried to sidestep the question about how he'll vote on the budget compromise, saying, "What I was saying repeatedly, was that House Republicans needed to pick a fight. And I think John Boehner fought the good fight, I think he drove a hard bargain here. I want to see the details, but from what I know, it sounds like John Boehner got a good deal, probably not good enough for me to support it, but a good deal nonetheless."

Van Hollen also declined to say whether he would vote for the budget compromise, telling Amanpour he would wait until the details of the bill were finalized. But he said he did think the compromise would pass.

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