The Shutdown Fight Isn't About Abortion? Rep. Pence Disagrees

April 08, 2011 5:55 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

All day, House Republicans have insisted that their unwillingness to strike a compromise to keep the government operating has nothing to do with divisive policy riders that would ban funding for Planned Parenthood. "It's about spending," conservative lawmakers argued earlier, saying that most of the other issues are already resolved.

However, Republican leaders don't appear to have sold Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) on the party's talking points. In a statement, Pence's communications director swatted down rumors that the congressman is willing to accept an agreement that excludes the restriction on Planned Parenthood funding:

The following statement was issued by Matt Lloyd, Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, today regarding the Pence Amendment that would deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates:

"It has been erroneously reported in the media that Congressman Pence has signaled a willingness to accept a compromise on the Pence Amendment in the negotiations over a long-term Continuing Resolution. These reports are inaccurate. Congressman Pence has made no statement concerning the ongoing negotiations and remains committed to the Pence Amendment and will continue to work with colleagues to include this measure in any final legislation."

In response to the Republican posturing, ThinkProgress asks the million-dollar question: