Senator Reid to (Quickly) Bring Up HHS Mandate for a Vote

The Hill reports Senator Reid has changed his mind and will bring to a vote the HHS limitation on the religious exemption for employers mandated to provide contraceptive, abortifacient and sterilization coverage:


Republicans are picking a new fight over contraception — and at least some Democrats are happy to let them have it.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he’ll let the Senate vote on a proposal to reverse the White House’s controversial birth-control mandate. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), would let employers opt out of any coverage mandates they find immoral.

Reid blocked a vote on the same amendment last week, before the White House had announced new “accommodations” for religious organizations. Senate Republicans pressed ahead after Obama’s announcement, despite pundits’ warnings that the party could appear to be attacking contraception rather than defending religious liberty.

Gulag Bound says these Senators are sitting on the fence and suggests proponents of the law contact them:

Casey (PA)
Conrad (ND)
Johnson (SD)
Landrieu (LA)
Lieberman (CT)
McCaskill (MO)
Nelson (FL)
Pryor (AR)
Tester (MT)


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