Brown: Senate GOP can’t get even a majority for abortion provision


Brown: Senate GOP can’t get even a majority for abortion provision

The Hill – Republicans won't even have a majority in the Senate to add abortion provisions to the health bill, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) suggested Monday night.

Brown said that the Senate bill faces no threat from Republicans and pro-life Democrats looking to add language to the bill that would impose new rules on federal subsidies for abortion, mirroring an amendment attached by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) to the House bill.

"I don't think that it's a threat at all," Brown said Monday night during an appearance on MSNBC. "There aren't more than four or five Democratic senators that I would say are anti-choice. There are at least, I think, two Republican senators who are pro-choice."

"Again, on an up or down vote — Harry Reid's not going to put the Stupak language in the bill, I'd be certain," Brown added. "Then the Republicans will try to amend it into the bill, and they will be unsuccessful; they won't even get close to 50 votes."

Liberal Democrats have decried the Stupak amendment as clamping down on existing abortion rights, and 41 House Democrats, led by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), have pledged to vote against a final health bill that includes any such provisions.

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