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John Shimkus

Republicans split on Planned Parenthood strategy as shutdown nears

WASHINGTON With only six legislative days left before the government runs out of money, House Republicans still don't have a conference-unifying strategy to avoid a shutdown and defund Planned Parenthood. Asked whether he was worried about the rapidly closing window in which to act current funding runs out on Sept. 30 senior appropriator Tom Cole, R-Okla., laughed. "Yeah!" the chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee told a group of reporters Thursday morning. "I mean, sooner's better." Cole said he thought House Republicans would coalesce at the eleventh hour around a short-term continuing resolution to avoid a rerun of...