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The Senate voted today to table Senator Roy Blunt’s (r) amendment. You know, the one which would allow any company or entity to eliminate any health care coverage on the grounds that they found it morally objectionable. The vote was close (a yes vote was to kill the amendment, a no vote was to support it):

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress – 2nd Session

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Vote Summary

Question: On the Motion to Table (Motion to Table Blunt Amdt. No. 1520 )

Vote Number: 24 Vote Date: March 1, 2012, 11:31 AM

Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Motion to Table Agreed to

Amendment Number: S.Amdt. 1520 to S.Amdt. 1730 to S. 1813 (MAP-21)

Statement of Purpose: To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to protect rights of conscience with regard to requirements for coverage of specific items and services.

Vote Counts: YEAs 51

NAYs 48

Not Voting 1

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Blunt (R-MO), Nay

McCaskill (D-MO), Yea

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The discussion at the Great Orange Satan before the vote was interesting:

….Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is a cosponsor of the amendment, so he’ll be a no. Other Democrats to watch are Joe Manchin (WV), Bob Casey (PA), and Claire McCaskill (MO)….

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That’s what happens when you consistently help pull the Overton Window to the right.

Previously:

Roy Blunt tries to pull a fast one (February 10, 2012)

Sen. Roy Blunt (r): desperately trying to cram the genie back into the bottle (February 15, 2012)

For Roy Blunt free-market anarchism trumps religious freedom (February 15, 2012)

We knew that already (February 17, 2012)

Roy Blunt’s contraception “Fact Check” is short on facts (February 21, 2012)

More proof that the Blunt-Rubio-Ayotte Amendment is a loser (February 21, 2012)