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House GOP Backs Away From Bill Aimed At Obama Birth Control Rule

In related news, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, is reportedly having "voter's remorse" regarding her decision last week to vote for similar Senate legislation - the Blunt amendement.

Politico: House Slowing Down On Contraception Legislation
House Republican leaders are taking their foot off the gas, slowing down plans to pass legislation taking aim at the Obama administration's contraception coverage requirement, according to sources close to leadership (Feder and Nocera, 3/7).

National Journal: Report: Murkowski Regrets Voting For Contraception Amendment
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, regrets having voted for a controversial birth control amendment offered by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., that would have let employers opt out of providing anything they objected to in health insurance for workers, the Anchorage Daily News reports…Murkowski said contraception should be covered and affordable, but that churches and religiously affiliated organizations should get an opt-out—something the Obama administration offers (3/6).

In the background -

NPR: How Birth Control Saves Taxpayers Money
While the controversy continues to swirl around radio talkmeister Rush Limbaugh and his admittedly inappropriate comments about Georgetown Law Student Sandra Fluke, an analysis from the left-leaning Brookings Institution adds an economic twist to the debate over coverage of contraception (Rovner, 3/6).

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