Senate to sidestep abortion fight in funding bill

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Posted: Sep 22, 2015 11:27 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate, hoping to avert an Oct. 1 government shutdown when federal funding runs out, are likely to advance a stop-gap spending bill that abandons attempts to halt funding for Planned Parenthood, Senator John Cornyn said on Tuesday.

"Given the president's opposition and Democrats' opposition, at some point I anticipate there will be a clean CR," Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican, told reporters, referring to the temporary government funding bill known as a "continuing resolution."

He said he did not know whether the House of Representatives would embrace such a bill, however.

(Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Walsh)