Yesterday, the Senate rejected the House's budget bill, which includes defunding Planned Parenthood. That doesn't mean it's off the table; now the negotiations begin.
But Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin did tell PoliticsDaily before the vote, "It is a painful vote for those who still cling to the belief that they are moderate Republicans. I don't want to name names, but I can think of a half-dozen Republican senators who do not want to be on the record for cutting funding for Planned Parenthood." Eventually,
these so-called moderates, including Scott Brown Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Richard Lugar voted yes on the budget. (Correction to original post: Scott Brown did not vote no; Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown did.)
If the defunding passes, they may have to answer to the constituency above, the group of college students whose protest against Planned Parenthood defunding hinges on the simple statement, "I have sex." (Or, "I plan to.")
Senate Rejects Both Parties' Spending Plans [Politico]
Budget Battle Puts Moderate Senators In The Hot Seat [Politics Daily]