Spending Battles Continue on Capitol Hill

Most of Tuesday’s drama was at a House hearing where Republicans accused Planned Parenthood of spending millions of dollars on political activities, travel and lavish salaries. Firing back, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said taxpayer money is used to provide sexual disease testing, contraceptives and other health care for women and said none of it is used for political activity.

Meanwhile, over in the Senate, it would appear things are on track for passing a spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this week. The House also is expected to approve the bill — stripped of a tea party-backed measure to take taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood — before Wednesday’s midnight deadline.