Rand Paul successfully lines up Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul says Senate leaders have told him the chamber will vote on his effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood before lawmakers begin their August break.

The Kentucky Republican said Tuesday that Senate GOP leaders told him the vote will occur. He says win or lose, having the vote will be a victory for anti-abortion conservatives.

Paul’s effort seems a long-shot because he will need 60 Senate votes to prevail. House Republicans say there are no plans for a vote in that chamber.

Planned Parenthood has been under fire since some of its officials have appeared in videos, secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group, discussing procedures for obtaining fetal tissue for research. Planned Parenthood has said it has done nothing illegal or improper.

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