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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cast doubt on the ability of abortion opponents in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood during upcoming federal budget battles on Capitol Hill.

McConnell, R-Ky., in a Kentucky television interview Monday, said stripping Planned Parenthood of federal dollars will be a matter for the next president in 2017.

“The president’s made it very clear he’s not going to sign any bill that includes defunding Planned Parenthood, so that’s another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood,” the majority leader said on WYMT’s “Issues and Answers.”

McConnell’s remarks will likely rile conservatives who’ve taken aim at Planned Parenthood in the wake of controversial hidden videos that allegedly show the organization discussing the sale of fetal parts.

Lawmakers such as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a Republican presidential candidate, and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have indicated a willingness to use the upcoming budget debates to press for defunding Planned Parenthood…

McConnell has vowed that there won’t be a shutdown. He said the Senate will vote again on Planned Parenthood following an unsuccessful attempt to defund it before the Congress’s summer recess…

Planned Parenthood officials took note of McConnell’s remarks Tuesday. Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said “The real question is can McConnell convince the rest of Congress to not hold the federal government hostage as a few politicians try to score cheap political points by cutting health care for millions.”

Source: McConnell: Planned Parenthood defunding a no-go this year | McClatchy DC