Proving to be one of the latest Republican law packages proposals tobackfired, the Blunt amendment failed to get the Senate vote. Although the amendment failed the approval by only 3 votes, for the Republicans it marks a big failure in their preparation for November’s presidential elections.
The Blunt amendment is surely one of the most controversial proposals coming from Republicans lately and it remains without a doubt one of their biggest failures. The Senate vote was close enough. Only three votes stopped the project.
The scrutiny regarding the subject is obvious and it only shows the Republicans don’t quite understand the present day needs of an American struggling still with recession and feeling neglected by the government. The Blunt amendment is a bold suggestion. Basically, if the Senate would have approved the project, then any employer throughout the U.S. would be able to deny contraceptive health coverage based only on religious and moral disagreements.
Before the vote, House Speaker John Boehner stressed for reports exactly how important it is for the GOP to win the vote. He talked about a 220 years government that has “respected the religious views of the American people, and for all of this time there’s been an exception for those churches and other groups to protect the religious beliefs that they believe in”.
Although the Republicans marketed their proposal as a way to gain protection during the current administration, some of its own members haven’t exactly been fully supportive of the amendment. Take for instance Mitt Romney who was asked Wednesday what was his take on the Blunt amendment. He initially said he’s not supporting it, but it took him several hours to come back and tell the media he didn’t understood the question.
However, the only Republican to vote against the Blunt amendment was Maine Senator Olympia Snowe. She said that in her opinion the amendment was “much broader” than what she would feel comfortable supporting. Good thing Snowe isn’t looking for another term, otherwise she’d sure face some scrutiny from the party.
Democrats focused on stating that the amendment was violating human rights. Democratic Senator John Kerry argued “the Blunt amendment is in fact an assault on First Amendment objections”.