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S. 764: Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015

Jul 7, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. ET. On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to S. 764 with Further Amendment (Amdt. No. 4935)) in the Senate.

This was a vote to pass S. 764 (114th) in the Senate. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations, which set overall spending limits by agency or program, and authorizations, which direct how federal funds should (or should not) be used. Appropriation and authorization provisions are typically made for single fiscal years. A reauthorization bill like this one renews the authorizations of an expiring law.

This bill was the vehicle for passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which is the form it was enacted it. Prior to amendments, the bill regarded defunding Planned Parenthood and the National Sea Grant College Program.

As enacted, the bill created national food labeling standards for "bioengineered" foods and prohibited the states from mandating their own labeling standards for "genetically engineered" foods. For more, see our summary of H.R. 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 .

The bill took on this form after the Senate's last vote, on July 7, 2015, on the measure, which replaced earlier text of the bill with the provisions related to genetically engineered food.

Prior to the Senate's vote, the bill was the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which would have prohibited federal funds from going to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, for one year, unless Planned Parenthood certified that the funds would not be used to perform abortions outside of certain limited cases (rape, incest, or if the life of the mother is in jeopardy). Funding instead would have been increases by $235 million for a community health center program.

The abortion provisions were added by the House in its vote on September 18, 2015, when it struck all of the bill's previous text regarding the National Sea Grant College Program.

Totals

All Votes R D I
Yea 68%
 
 
 
63
42
 
21
 
0
 
Nay 32%
 
 
 
30
7
 
21
 
2
 
Not Voting
 
 
 
7
5
 
2
 
0
 

Motion Agreed to. Simple Majority Required. Source: senate.gov.

The Yea votes represented 77% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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