Senate Democrats challenge GOP with contraception vote ahead of elections

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday teed up legislation for June that would codify federal protections for contraception.

The move comes after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump teased he could back contraception restrictions and as Democrats campaign on women’s reproductive health as the party’s primary policy issue ahead of the November elections.

The legislation is unlikely to garner the support of at least nine Republicans needed to clear the chamber’s 60-vote threshold.

“Now more than ever, contraception is a critical piece of protecting women’s reproductive freedoms, standing as nothing short of a vital lifeline for millions of American women across the country,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

Trump told a Pittsburgh TV station in an interview that aired earlier this week he was “looking at” new contraception restrictions but quickly backpedaled on social media,
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