With a potentially tough Republican primary ahead of him, Sen. Lindsey Graham took the lead on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization—after Sen. Marco Rubio turned down the opportunity.
The senator is optimistic that her amendment, the Military Justice Improvement Act, could reach even the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.
It has little chance of passing, but Sen. David Vitter hopes to attach a destructive anti-choice amendment to a landmark non-discrimination vote, according to news reports.
The bill, a companion to the House’s HR 1797, would ban abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states.
Senate Republicans filibuster a centrist judicial candidate, successfully blocking the second woman nominated by President Obama to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
An across-the-board reduction in food stamp benefits takes effect Friday, and more cuts are on the horizon.
The legislation would address longstanding gaps of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was enacted 35 years ago this month.
ENDA would protect many LGBTQ individuals from workplace discrimination, something a strong majority of Americans support. However, the proposed version of the law would not protect LGBTQ employees at Catholic schools and some other religiously affiliated institutions.
In the end, House Republicans got virtually nothing of what they said they wanted: no defunding of Obamacare, no curtailment of the birth control benefit in Obamacare the law of the land. But they’ll be back.
To the House Republicans, who are hostage to their party’s Tea Party faction, there’s probably no dirtier word than “bipartisan”—except, perhaps, for the words “birth control.”