Olympia Snowe: Blunt Amendment ‘Much Broader Than I Could Support’

Don’t expect retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) to vote for the GOP’s Blunt amendment on Thursday, which permits employers to deny contraception or any other service in their health plan.

“With respect to the Blunt amendment, I think it’s much broader than I could support,” Snowe told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Wednesday.

Snowe, who rocked the political world by announcing her retirement yesterday, added: “I support the Marco Rubio approach in that regard. I do think that there should be a valid conscience clause and I didn’t agree with what President Obama had done with respect to that mandatory requirement.”

The Rubio bill would permit any employer to deny birth control coverage — but not other services.


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