BREAKING: Blunt Amendment Defeated


Republicans efforts to dramatically curtail employee access to health insurance coverage by granting employers and insurance companies the right to deny services based on any moral obligation was defeated in a too-close-for-comfort 51-48 vote.

The amendment, authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and co-sponsored by Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) was attached to a transportation bill in an effort to secure its passage. Today’s vote was a motion to table the amendment and needed only a simple majority to be defeated or passed.

So while this is a short-term defeat for Senate Republicans the vote-tally shows this is an issue that will not go away. Sen. Blunt argued in support of his amendment that if it didn’t pass the Obama administration could expect litigation over the requirement that all insurance plans make contraception available to women at no cost unless that plan is provided by a religiously exempt employer.

There were a few surprises in the votes. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted to support the amendment as did Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) voted with Democrats to table.

But at the end of the vote it was a only a small majority of Senators who believe that employers’ moral beliefs should not dictate what health care choices their employees have. That fact alone shows us how much work on this issue we still have to do.


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KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

William and Kat D.

We need to Fight this The Women Have come a Long Ways in History!
Think Back Women went Thru a Lot just to The Right to Vote!!
At One Time women Couldn't Even Own Land!!
Don't let them take ANYTHING AWAY FROM WOMEN!!
All Women have a Made a Difference In History!
It Took a Woman so We could be Here!

Jessica C.
Jessica C5 years ago

WAAAYYYY to close for comfort, if they get anymore senate seats, we're boned!

Donna Kellogg
Donna Kellogg5 years ago

Folks, this issue will not go away. The rethuglicans have merely backed off for now. Believe it, they ARE STILL CRAZY and will continue their WAR ON WOMEN.

Do not think for one minute that the war is over, it is just beginning. Women and men must continue the fight, lest we all be subject to the demented views of men like Blunt, Limbaugh, and the like. TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!!

Anton K.
Past Member 5 years ago

I'll join the collective sigh of relief but that was way, way too close and it shows just how many superstitious nutjobs are in positions of power. Those with such a tenuous grasp on reality (invisible friends, zombie heroes, magical thinking and the like), have no business being in a position of responsibility of any kind.

Ellen Emerson
Ellen Emerson5 years ago

Can't say it any better than Cathy K did below!

Hope S.
Hope Sellers5 years ago

"Whenever 'A' attempts by law to impose his moral standards upon 'B,' 'A' is most likely a scoundrel."
H. L. Mencken

"When will Mankind be convinced that true Religion is from the Heart, between man and his creator, and not the imposition of man or creeds and tests?"
Abigail Adams

First Amendment clause prohibits the federal and state governments from establishing an official religion, or from favoring or disfavoring one view of religion over another.

Congress should get down to the real business of job creation and
in spite of their pledge not to raise taxes on the wealthy do just that and close the loopholes and tax breaks not available to the average citizen.

Cathy Koch
Cathy Koch5 years ago

Contraceptives are used for more than birth control! If you want the women to give up contraceptives than I think it only fair the men have to give up Viagra and Cialis. Why should we pay for men to have sex but women not to have safe alternatives and a choice?

Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

A small victory in a big war, but good news nonetheless. Republican fanatics will never stop and neither can progressives in the never-ending fight against right-wing extremists.

Lisa D.
Lisa D'Ambrosio5 years ago

Amen, Avril L.!