UN funding tied to abortion debate
Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced an amendment to the Senate Budget resolution that would withhold United Nations funding as long as member nations have policies of involuntary abortions.
The freshman Republican insisted on a roll call vote on his measure, sparking an angry response from Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who left her seat and walked to the other side of the chamber to confront Cruz.
Landrieu told Roll Call, “I suggested to him that a more direct and a more effective route might be for Texas to stop all exports to China or to stop any financial exchanges between Texas and China.”
The amendment was would put Democrats in a politically difficult position; either defund the United Nations or go on record supporting forced abortions in China.
Cruz introduced another amendment to the budget on Friday. This weekend marks the third anniversary of the new federal healthcare law, and Cruz’ effort to repeal Obamacare was defeated.