FORT MYERS, Fla.- President Barack Obama signed a critical bill into law, keeping the government funded for at least a few more weeks.
Both houses of Congress had to approve the measure before midnight before the government would partially shut down. One lawmaker who opposes the spending plan is Congressman Curt Clawson from Southwest Florida.
Just hours before the deadline at midnight, Congress approved a three-month spending bill averting a government shutdown.
In an extremely divided Congress, Democrats unanimously passed the plan, but Republicans strongly opposed it.
“Disappointed. I think we had a chance to do some meaningful debate, maybe take on spending and other important issues to folks in Southwest Florida and in the country, and instead we did a cram-down at the last minute,” said Clawson.
Clawson wants to defund Planned Parenthood after undercover videos surfaced allegedly showing the organization’s doctors discussing the sale of fetal tissue.
“I think that they have lost the privilege of using taxpayer money,” said Clawson.
Clawson thinks the $500 million that goes to Planned Parenthood should be redirected to local health care centers. Clawson also wants to talk to Democrats about the national spending, but wants to spend more on the military.
“I think that there is all kinds of alternatives to have the conversation and find solutions for all of these things, not just Planned Parenthood, without shutting the government down,” said Clawson.
Now that House Speaker John Boehner is stepping down, there ongoing search for who will fill the position. The executive director at the Tea Party Express feels Clawson is a strong candidate.
“I think that we should give serious consideration to a non-career politician outsider,” aid Clawson.