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.