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Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar Weighs In On Possible Government Shutdown, Planned Parenthood

Paul Gosar
(Photo via @repgosar - Twitter)
Rep. Paul Gosar

As Congress heads toward another possible government shutdown, one Arizona Congressman said he believes that can be avoided, but it will largely depend on Democrats compromising with Republicans, including on the funding of Planned Parenthood. 

U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar does not necessarily want a shutdown. He also doesn’t think it would be the worst thing, either. The Republican, whose district covers western Arizona and rural areas outside Phoenix, said last time that happened in 2013, money kept flowing to Medicare and Social Security, which actually may have helped the private sector. But this time Gosar said Republicans can take a stand and still prevent a full shutdown.  

“I think Planned Parenthood can do without the money. The money can go to women’s health clinics around the country that actually provide better service than Planned Parenthood. And I think that’s where we can draw the line,” said Gosar.

Party leaders in Washington D.C. have been locked in a disagreement over whether or not to appropriate money for the organization in the government funding bill. The deadline for that is the end of the month. 

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.