Blunt Amendment Defeated in Senate
There’s only a “separation of church and state” when the Libtards and Lefturds want to keep you from freely practicing your religion in public; the rest of the time, they dispense with their “separation” mantra and use the “state” to cram unconstitutional legislation down your throat. I think the following example illustrates quite clearly what I am talking about:
Blunt amendment defeated in Senate
By JENNIFER HABERKORN and KATE NOCERA – Politico
The Senate defeated Sen. Roy Blunt’s amendment to allow employers to refuse to cover health services Thursday, dealing Republicans a high-profile setback in the fight over the Obama administration’s contraception coverage mandate.
Sen. Olympia Snowe, the Maine Republican who this week said she would not run for reelection, joined nearly all Democrats in a 51-48 vote to dispense of the amendment, which would have allowed employers to decline to cover certain health benefits that conflict with their religious beliefs.
No surprise there. Olympia Snowe has always been a RINO. Good riddance!
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted for the proposed amendment to the Senate transportation bill, saying the Obama administration did not respond to her concerns about whether self-insured health plans of faith-based organizations would be exempt from the contraception coverage mandate. So did Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who this week questioned why Republicans were voting on the proposal now.
Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania joined Republicans in support of the amendment.
There you have it; only three Democrats in the Senate understand the phrase, “Congress shall make no law … prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
Democrats said the amendment was too broad and would have been an attack on women’s health. But Blunt (R-Mo.) vowed that the vote won’t be the end of the debate over the contraception coverage rule — and predicted that the Supreme Court might have the final say by striking it down.
“This issue will not go away unless the administration takes it away by giving people of faith those First Amendment protections” to refuse to cover services if they have moral or religious objections, Blunt said during the floor debate.
Republican supporters said Blunt’s amendment was an attempt to ensure religious-affiliated employers wouldn’t have to cover contraceptives or other products that conflict with their religious beliefs.
“Most of us probably assumed that if religious liberty were ever seriously challenged in this country, we could always expect a robust bipartisan defense of it at least from within the Congress itself,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor Thursday. “But unfortunately that’s not the situation we find ourselves in.”
Republican presidential front-runner Gov. Mitt Romney added fuel to the fiery debate Wednesday when he said he opposed the amendment because he didn’t want to wade into “questions about contraception within a relationship between a man and a woman.” Shortly after, he said he misunderstood the question and did support the proposal.
LOL! Still playing both sides of the field, Mr. Romney?Explore posts in the same categories: politics, Religion, Sucky Senators