The Blunt Amendment failed narrowly in the Senate yesterday. By a slim margin (51 to 48), the Senate beat back an effort to allow employers to chose what health care benefits their employees’ will receive based on the employer’s “moral objections.”
But The National Catholic Register believes they’ve been betrayed by their fellow Democrats in the Senate, and are calling them out.
Catholics voting against were Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Washington), Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland), Patty Murray (D-Washington), and Jack Reed (D-Rhode Island).
If you do the math 11 Catholics in the Senate voted for conscience protections and 13 voted against. A majority of the Catholics in the Senate voted against conscience protections for their Church institutions and the religious liberty of all Americans.
Catholics defeated the Blunt amendment.
If nothing else, it’s interesting to see so many senators identified via their various Christian denominations. I seem to remember there was a time when faith and politics were supposed to be kept separate, not used as a guide for voting.