Senate kills controversial 'conscience' amendment
March 1st, 2012
01:45 PM ET
11 years ago

Senate kills controversial 'conscience' amendment

Washington (CNN) - The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds.

By a 51-48 mostly party line vote, the motion by Democrats to table the amendment succeeded, effectively killing it. Three Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the tabling motion, while one Republican - retiring moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine - voted with Democrats in favor.

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  1. Anonymous

    Another non-issue created by the GOBP to distract voters from their obstructionism and refusal to address important issues like the millionaire tax favored by three quarters of Americans.

    March 1, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I hope Americans wake up to the craziness of the republicans. Republicans have held up a jobs bill in order to eliminate women's reproductive rights.

    March 1, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This shows that republicans severely love women?

    March 1, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  4. lucianne

    Personally, I am strongly in favor of contraception but have even stronger moral objections to overweight people and smokers. So can I deny insurance protection to fat old men who smoke on religious grounds? Oh – no – right – Congress and the Senate get all that wonderful free care at my expense...

    March 1, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. reacharound

    SEN Blount needs to focus on the damage from the tornado in his state and the fragile recovery, and avoid this tornado in the Senate

    March 1, 2012 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  6. diridi

    This is GOP idiot's nonsense. World Laughs in Modern Era. We are in 21st century, not 3rd.

    March 1, 2012 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    The GOP war on women rages on. You've got members not seeking reelection because of these extreme positions.

    March 1, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  8. GI Joe.

    What burns my butt is that this is attached to a bi-partisan Transportation bill.

    What the heck does this have to do with transportation? Republican trying to SHOVE IT DOWN OUR THROATS again, or prevent things that are necessary.

    Vote the baggers out in 2012, and get rid of all the right-wing senators you can.

    March 1, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Marry

    The GOP does it again! The party of NO, creating more profits for their corporate masters with a "conscience" amendment. And if it is only (for the moment) not having to cover contraceptives.

    March 1, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. rs

    The party of "Liberty" is at it again. Thankfully smarter members of the Senate saw things differently.

    March 1, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Jules

    Dems rescued regular Americans again, especially women. Time to get rid of this GOP totally and let them have a rebuilding season. Maybe they can do better next time.

    March 1, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Lisa P

    Good. I knew Reid wouldn't have let it go to a vote unless he knew he would win. Now I just hope the Republicans will shut up with their fake "Religious freedom!" outrage over this practical health insurance coverage non-issue. Of course contraceptives should be freely available to women or men who want to use them - being responsible should be the easy choice. Now what about those "Jobs, jobs, jobs"? Responsible people would also like to have a reasonable way to make a living and to support the children that they do choose to have.

    March 1, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Jane

    I would really like to see a list of the Republican women and spouses of Republican Congressmen who regularly get THEIR birth control – FOR FREE – through the taxpayer funded lovely healthcare package they THEY get......

    March 1, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Matthew 22:17-22

    17. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

    18. But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

    19. Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

    20. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

    21. They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

    22. When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
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    All of these conservative evangelical politicians are hypocrites.

    March 1, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Lynn

    Republicans have "moral grounds"?

    March 1, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. JesusWasaLiberalJew

    So, if I find it morally irresponsable to raise a child with Downs Syndrome I could deny the child health coverage?
    But then, who am I to judge others when it comes to their own personal life decisions?
    All you bible thumpers out there, judge not lest ye be judged.

    March 1, 2012 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  17. Nancy

    Common sense still prevails in the USA.

    March 1, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Liz

    Even some of my republican neighbors, especially the women, thought this amendment was foolish and hurting their party. GOP the 1950's are so over.

    March 1, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Lauren

    Here's a weird idea. How about the federal government doesn't tell us we have to get health insurance and doesn't tell insurance companies what they have to cover? Crazy, radical stuff, I know, but apparently the majority of Americans agree. Ever since Obamacare was passed more Americans have favored repealing Obamacare than favor keeping it. Guess the rest of you are on the "wrong" side of history and the GOP is right.

    March 1, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Lauren wrote:

    Here's a weird idea. How about the federal government doesn't tell us we have to get health insurance and doesn't tell insurance companies what they have to cover? Crazy, radical stuff, I know, but apparently the majority of Americans agree.
    -----------------
    That scenario is exactly why they created Medicare. What do you with seniors who are dropped by their insurance companies, and no one else will pick them up?

    1. Do nothing for them.
    2. Make companies cover them.
    3. Start a government program to cover them.
    4. [ insert your idea here ]

    ObamaCare does not exist. The Affordable Care Act does. The ACA attempts to shift the load from #3 to #2, where it belongs, because that is *the* problem.

    March 1, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Christian Conservative

    Obama and the dogmatic party shills could care less about the first amendment and religious liberties as they tramp all over it. Thank God for Senator Blunt and special bravo to the 3 brave democratic senators who stood today for freedom. This instrusive, socialist government has no business forcing anyone to violate their conscience. One small violation today, 10 more tomorrow. Christians and Catholics stand up to this oppressive government – we need real change and the sooner the better.

    March 1, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "What do you with seniors who are dropped by their insurance companies, and no one else will pick them up?

    1. Do nothing for them.
    2. Make companies cover them.
    3. Start a government program to cover them.
    4. [ insert your idea here ] "
    ============================

    Let me film the blank for the GOPers:

    4. Bury them.

    March 1, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Wake up people

    But what about people that have no health coverage? Should we just forget about them?

    March 1, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    Whose "conscience" are we talking about? A bunch of white old men and those priests (great role models) telling women what to do?
    Teapublikans . . . . . where are the jobs you promised? Right, the President had to do that for you too!

    March 1, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  25. Wake up people

    I wish the Catholics were all up in arms over the many young men whose lives have been ruined thanks to their freakazoid priests. I know this one is getting deleted. But no they are worried about birth control that they don't even have to use. How idiotic is that??

    March 1, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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