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Senate Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Fails to Advance

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:55:06 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate failed to advance a bill Wednesday that would have reversed the contraceptive decision made in the Hobby Lobby case last month.

Sixty votes were needed to invoke cloture on the measure, titled the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference, but the Senate fell three votes short of advancing it.

Three Republicans -- Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska -- joined Democrats in voting to move the bill forward.

For technical reasons, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted against invoking cloture, a move that allows him to bring the bill up for a vote in the future.

“Republicans are not only out of touch with women across America, they're out of touch with men across America. Hobby Lobby hurts husbands. It hurts wives,” Reid, D-Nev., said after the vote. “It's unfair to what it does to families.”

“The Supreme Court got Hobby Lobby wrong, and with their vote today, Senate Republicans got it wrong too and women across the country aren't going to forget it,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said after the vote.

Reid said the Senate will vote on the measure again before the end of the year.

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