United States Senator Deb Fischer says she voted for a short-term budget bill, because shutting down the federal government doesn’t accomplish anything.
Fischer voted to keep the government funded after the Senate defeated a measure to defund Planned Parenthood.
“I’ve learned in 2013, my first year, that shutting down the government doesn’t accomplish anything,” Fischer tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
Fischer, a Republican, says that even in the face of a budget crisis, Democratic leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama refused to negotiate with Republicans on the budget.
The Senate first voted on a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in wake of controversial videos which appear to catch Planned Parenthood officials discussing the trafficking of fetal tissues and organs. Planned Parenthood has vehemently denied breaking any federal laws.
The effort to take money from Planned Parenthood couldn’t even muster 50 votes.
After that effort failed, the Senate approved a short-term spending bill that didn’t touch Planned Parenthood funding and averted a federal government shutdown when its fiscal year began October first.
Fischer acknowledges disappointment efforts to take money from Planned Parenthood have failed. She says the only way Congress will succeed is through legislation sponsored by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst which would shift the funding from Planned Parenthood to federal-approved medical clinics.
Fischer says that though initial efforts have failed, she isn’t ready to give up.
“But even with the frustrations that we feel on this and many other issues, that doesn’t mean you give up the fight.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]