Senate Kills Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Ruling
As GOP announces plans to introduce its own contraception bill
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2014 9:02 AM CDT
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., center, joined by Senate GOP leaders, talks to reporters about competing bills on employee health coverage and birth control, Tuesday, July 15, 2014.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Senate Democrats' attempt to nullify the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision has met its end—at least for now. Republicans yesterday blocked the motion, which fell four votes short of the 60 it needed to proceed to the House. The bill, defeated 56-43 on a procedural vote, would have allowed women to "call the shots when it comes to their health care decisions," said Sen. Patty Murray, who proposed the bill, as it sought to prevent companies from ducking birth control coverage by citing religious freedom, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Harry Reid—who voted against the bill so he can later reintroduce it—says the Senate will vote again on the issue this year. Meanwhile, Republicans will propose a bill of their own that "will make very clear that women have the same rights today to access contraception as they did before ObamaCare was passed and before the Hobby Lobby decision," Sen. Kelly Ayotte tells CBS News. "It's important that American women understand that you can be for supporting people's religious freedom and also support women's access to contraception." The Journal calls the efforts "a round of partisan jousting aimed at capturing women's votes in the fall."

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Jul 21, 2014 12:44 PM CDT
I think you, Arden, sidestepped the main story here. First, you're headline is misleading. The Senate didn't kill the bill; the Republican filibuster killed it. The bill didn't "fell four votes short of the 60 it needed to proceed..." In fact, it passed, 56-43. That's the constitutional standard. It fell victim to the Republicans continued abuse of the filibuster. That the bill was filibustered was no surprise. Everyone, including the sponsors, knew that would happen. But if in your reporting you fail to mention that it is the filibuster, not a vague "procedural vote", you miss the real story--of course, the egregious and absolutely undemocratic abuse of the filibuster by the Republicans. It's incumbent on all journalists and reporters to not simply repeat the bobble-head acceptance that the status quo is now 60 votes to pass a bill in the Senate. Nothing good will come from the Senate again until this abuse is stopped. I don't know how that can happen, and you probably don't either. It's not necessarily our job to figure that out. It's the job of the Democrats--in the White House and in the Senate. It is our job to always note that the 60 vote threshold should not be accepted as the status quo, must be addressed, and is the result of filibuster abuse, not "procedural" issues.
Jul 21, 2014 11:34 AM CDT
We have got to get the infected supernaturalists out of medicine, and out of women's health care. These dark agists need to get out of the way. If they want to believe idiocy, that's their problem. But they should not be allowed to dictate to women based on magickal thinking.
Jul 18, 2014 5:08 PM CDT
Good for them!