Political and Legislative

Senate Republicans Block Contraception Rights Bill

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked consideration of legislation that would create a federal right to birth control, after Republicans argued the bill was unnecessary and overly broad. 

The vote failed 51-39. It needed 60 votes to proceed to a vote on the underlying legislation. 

The legislation from Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and other Democrats is part of an election year push to focus on reproductive rights. 

Read more at The Hill

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