Reid: Senate Will Act In Response To Hobby Lobby Ruling

AP

The Senate will act “in the coming weeks” to counteract the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said on Monday.

“We’re going to do something about the Hobby Lobby [decision] we need to correct,” he said, also mentioning the highway bill, manufacturing legislation and Export-Import bank reauthorization as issues that the Senate will address in the coming weeks.

Democrats, led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), are weighing legislative options to fix the contraceptive coverage gap created by the Court’s ruling, which lets closely held corporations with religious owners opt out of the birth control coverage requirement under Obamacare.

A legislative “fix” is very unlikely to pass because Republicans, who strongly support the ruling, have the votes to filibuster it.

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