Massachusetts's moderate GOP Sen. Scott Brown announced Tuesday he will not support an effort by Republicans to strip funding for Planned Parenthood from this year's budget.
Brown said the GOP efforts to de-fund the organization "goes too far," even though he backs budget cuts.
Brown's announcement makes it harder for Republicans to push to add this provision in a budget deal.
The government is now operating under a three-week funding measure as lawmakers negotiate a budget that would last until the end of the year. House and Senate Republicans want more than $50 billion in cuts and to include social policy riders that strip federal funding of programs they oppose, such as Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions.
Here's Brown's statement:
“I support family planning and health services for women. Given our severe budget problems, I don't believe any area of the budget is completely immune from cuts. However, the proposal to eliminate all funding for family planning goes too far. As we continue with our budget negotiations, I hope we can find a compromise that is reasonable and appropriate."