A divided House voted to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds for a year,
as Republican leaders labored to keep GOP outrage over abortion from resulting in a government shutdown. The House used a nearly party-line 241-187 vote to clear the legislation, which stands little chance of enactment. Senate Democrats have enough votes to block it, and the White House has promised a veto. The bill by Rep. Diane Black (RTenn.) would shift Planned Parenthood’s federal payments to thousands of government-backed community health centers, which Republicans said would treat the group’s displaced patients. The move is in response to secretly recorded, heavily edited videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they distribute tissue from aborted fetuses for medical research.