‘Contraception’ amendment derailed as Ohio Sens. Brown, Portman split votes


‘Contraception’ amendment derailed as Ohio Sens. Brown, Portman split votes

Columbus Government Examiner – COLUMBUS, Ohio (CGE) – The so-called Blunt amendment to a transportation bill on the floor of the U.S. Senate, which would permit employers or health insurance providers to deny coverage based on their faith beliefs, was defeated 51-48 Thursday, as Ohio Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman split their vote on the controversial measure many said was a tragic distraction because it had no place being inserted into a bill more about job creation than about what anyone’s creator thinks is right for the right of women to decide what’s best for them and their bodies.

Sen. Brown, who sat in the president’s chair for the debate and is running for a second term this year, had previously said the amendment was both bad public policy and inappropriate for a bill about funding transportation projects, which could help create needed jobs in his home state of Ohio.

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