But many Republicans say they're willing to take a stand on Title X funding for Planned Parenthood or any number of other controversial measures, eager to appeal to their conservative base while also achieving greater budget savings.
"This is a red herring to say that somehow the government is going to be shut down over the fact that Planned Parenthood won't get a $300 million gift from the taxpayers of America would be absolutely irresponsible," said Kyl. "If that's what the Majority Leader is saying, it is irresponsible."
"Planned Parenthood is a private non-profit organization that should be sustaining itself, and their corporate business model relies on abortions," said New Hampshire Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte in an interview posted on the Susan B. Anthony List website.
"Abortion yields 37 percent of all Planned Parenthood revenues by conservative estimates," she said. "I don't think it's appropriate to provide taxpayer dollars."