WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican amendments that Democrats said would broaden current restrictions on federal funding for abortion were defeated Wednesday by a Senate committee considering the only compromise health care bill so far.
By identical 13-10 votes, the Senate Finance Committee defeated the amendments by Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah. In both votes, all but one Democrat on the panel - Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota - voted against the amendments, while all Republicans except for Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine - the lone women among the GOP committee members - supported them.
In a statement issued after the votes, Hatch said he was disappointed but would continue pushing the issue when the bill comes to the full Senate.
"Although these two very important amendments fell short today, you can rest assured that I will continue to fight for these vital issues," Hatch said.