1. ROLL CALL

    Senate Takes Up Contraception Bill

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    An amendment that would allow employers to avoid insurance regulations that they find morally objectionable goes before the Senate for a vote Thursday. Put forward by Republican Senator Roy Blunt, the bill “is about the First Amendment,” said Blunt in a February press release. “It’s not about any one issue.” The vote on the bill does come, however, in the midst of a continuing partisan feud over an Obama healthcare mandate that requires all employers to provide insurance plans that cover prescription birth control. Blunt first tried to bring the amendment to a vote in February by attaching it to a $109 billion piece of transportation legislation.

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