PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says he hopes resigning House Speaker John Boehner uses his influence to keep the government from shutting down next week.
Wyden spoke to reporters Friday at the Planned Parenthood offices in Portland, where he held a press conference backing the organization as conservatives try to cut off its federal funding.
Wyden says those conservatives are prioritizing “ideological trophies” by refusing to vote for a federal budget that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.
Meanwhile, the head of Planned Parenthood’s Oregon political arm says the organization considered participating in a hearing in the Oregon House requested by Republicans. But Mary Nolan says Republicans used language that suggested they wanted to have an ideological debate about abortion.
Republicans have said they’re asking questions raised by Oregonians.