Sunday, November 21, 2004
As discussed here yesterday, the omnibus budget bill, H.R. 4818, contains an amendment to federal abortion law that has drawn the ire of 9 women senators and pro-choice advocacy groups. As expected, the Senate adjourned (at 12:31 a.m. this morning) having taken one record vote, to approve the bill, 65-30. The House had approved the spending bill (344-51) earlier in the day.
As reported by The Washington Post, "The abortion language remained in the spending bill, but late yesterday, Senate opponents agreed not to block its consideration after Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) promised to schedule a vote in the near future on a bill drafted by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to repeal the provision." Even if Sen. Boxer's bill passes in the Senate, no-one gives the repeal effort much of a chance in the more conservative House.