House Ok's Stopgap Bill Despite Abortion Debate

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The House passed a short-term budget measure Tuesday, that will keep the government running as lawmakers work to agree on a final budget.

The measure passed by a 271-158 vote despite opposition from some conservative members who refused to support the bill because it didn't include a ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

"Listen, I understand some of our members want to do more, but what is it in this bill to disagree with? Nothing," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

The short-term budget cuts $6 billion from the government's spending, and keeps the government running for an additional three weeks.

The Tea Party also stood against the measure.

"This is weak incrementalism in a time when we need bold and visionary leadership from Congress and the president," said Mark Meckler, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots. "Kicking the can down the road will not do."

A long list of social conservative groups have pressured Republican leadership to keep funding for Planned Parenthood off the table.

President Barack Obama has said the budget is not the place to promote political or ideological ideas.

The measure is now headed to the Senate where it's expected to pass and head to Obama's desk later this week.

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