Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell celebrates
Senate Republicans have blocked a bill aimed at restoring free contraception for women who get their health insurance from companies that object on religious grounds.The one tiny piece of good news here is that it's clear Republicans are feeling the heat, because earlier this week they unveiled legislation purporting to protect women's access to birth control coverage. In reality, the legislation won't accomplish its stated purpose, because it does nothing to impact health insurance coverage requirements, but it's a sign that even Republicans understand that they are on the wrong side of the politics here. And that means Democrats shouldn't relent in this fight until we win.
The vote on Wednesday was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed.