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Dems Salivate Over Coming GOP Birth Control Misstep


"We'll hold this vote whenever the Republicans want," said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), one of the Dems' top political minds.

The GOP's top leaders sense the danger, and would love to put this particular battle behind them. But they've lost control. So they're standing by their argument that the Obama administration's new health care regulation requiring most employers to provide contraceptive coverage to female employees is an intrusion on an employer right that's been there all along.

Dems say that's nonsense.

"It's not the status quo," Schumer said. "It's a giant step backward the likes of which we haven't seen certainly since 1965."

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