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Contraception issue is not going away on Capitol Hill

At a press conference shortly before the Senate vote, House Speaker John Boehner said he’s still looking at options for overturning the Obama administration’s policy.

He didn’t mention a bill introduced months ago by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) that would overturn the coverage requirements. A Fortenberry spokeswoman told POLITICO that Boehner had promised to move the bill during a Tuesday meeting of the Republican Conference.

The Senate measure, introduced as an amendment to a transportation bill by Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, fell by a 51-48 vote on Thursday, having attracted the ire of Democrats as an invasion of women’s health rights. Both Minnesota senators voted against the amendment, objecting both to the policy it sought to institute and the means by which it was brought to the floor.

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 03/02/2012 - 06:12 pm.

    Al Franken

    The thought of a guy with Al Franken’s history standing on the floor of the US Senate denouncing the influence of religion on politics is just about enough to make decent people lose their lunch.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 03/04/2012 - 11:13 am.

      He is an alleged comic after all

      ” This seems to be a clear case of one person’s religious beliefs impinging on the rights of others. It’s a deeply worrying case of one person’s hand meeting another’s face.” – Franken

      When the right to free birth control is added to the First Amendment alongside the right to religious liberty, Al, you may have a point.

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