Blunt Wants To Attach Birth Control Amendment To Must-Pass Legislation

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) told TPM Tuesday that he wants to attach his contraception amendment to a bill that President Obama has to sign — which is probably the only way Republicans can get it passed.

“I’d like to get it on a bill the President has to sign,” Blunt told TPM. “But I’d also like to see it debated and voted on, and so we’ll just see how that goes.”

He made the remarks after Senate Democrats tore into Republicans for trying to tack the measure on to the bipartisan highway bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated that he would allow a vote on the amendment.

Blunt’s amendment goes well beyond his stated aim of letting religious employers refuse to pay for birth control coverage — it lets any employer restrict access to any service they object to in their health insurance plan.

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