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Friday, October 21, 2016

Senate Republicans blocked a bill on Wednesday that would have reversed the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case.

The Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act, which was co-authored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) and has the support of the White House, would ban employers from refusing coverage for any benefits guaranteed under the Affordable Care Act. It also states that no federal law — including the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was cited in the Court’s ruling — could permit for-profit corporations to refuse to adhere to federal health coverage requirements.

In June, the Supreme Court ruled that closely held corporations like Hobby Lobby do not have to cover birth control in health care plans if the owners morally object.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 56 to 43 to move forward with the bill — short of the 60-vote threshold that it needed to proceed. By preventing the Senate from invoking cloture on the bill, Republicans stopped it from receiving an up-or-down vote.

Even if the bill had passed the Senate, it would have stood no chance of passing the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. But Democrats will certainly use it as a tool with which to appeal to female voters in key Senate races, such as Senator Udall’s re-election campaign in Colorado.

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  • Tony Torres

    The GOP just keeps digging it’s own grave deeper and deeper.What are these people eating,drinking,smoking that makes them so fucking stupid?

    • Daniel Jones


  • Lynda Groom

    Nothing says problem solving like blocking a floor vote and abuse of the filibuster yet again. Now they can face the voters and rightly claim that they never really cast a vote on the floor.

  • Dominick Vila

    The ability of the GOP to resurrect ghosts such as the Sandra Fluke incident, is nothing short of amazing. If this stuff is what they have in mind to attract women voters, I have the feeling their strategy is going to backfire.
    Yes, there are a few female elected officials who believe pie charts are too challenging for their cognitive abilities, and there are some who don’t hesitate to criticize the audacity of those who dare decide what is best for them and their families, but as incredibly as it may seem to the average Tea Party supporter, most American can see what is best for them and what would set them back. Democratic party strategists could not come close to what these people are doing to their own party if they tried.

    • TZToronto

      Sadly, I think the only thing that could push these troglodytes back into their hole is a massive beat-down in the November elections. Thanks, to gerrymandering, though, that’s not likely to happen unless thinking Republicans decide they’ve had enough tea to drink.