Senate Republicans Block Contraception Bill

(Washington, DC) -- Senate Republicans are blocking a Democratic birth control bill after a controversial Supreme Court ruling. The high court ruled that some companies with religious objections can deny health insurance coverage for contraception. Democrats introduced a bill that would reinstate free birth control products for women affected by the ruling. Republicans blocked forward progress on the bill in a procedural vote.
The Senate vote was 56-43, short of a 60-vote threshold needed to move forward. Three Republicans voted with Democrats: Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, Maine's Susan Collins and Mark Kirk from Illinois. Democrats dubbed their bill the "Not My Boss' Business- Act."