Last year's bill failed to pass because of president Obama's veto. But with Donald Trump in power, and a Republican majority in the House and Senate, the bill's prospects look much better.
Trump said last year that he would support defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to provide abortions, though he failed to mention that the Hyde Amendment currently prohibits federal funding from being spent on abortions. He has also repeatedly confirmed his pro-life stance and belief in the rights of unborn fetuses.
"We're not going to allow, and we're not going to fund, as long as you have the abortion going on at Planned Parenthood,” Trump said during a presidential debate.
Republican senator Susan Collins of Maine, however, spoke out against the bill on Thursday. She is one of three GOP senators who tried to remove the Planned Parenthood provision from the 2015 Obamacare reversal bill.
"Obviously I'm not happy to hear that the speaker wants to include defunding of Planned Parenthood, an extremely controversial issue, in the package," Collins told reporters. Republican senator Lisa Murkowski also expressed concern.