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Blunt amendment goes down to defeat


In a 51-48 vote, the Senate today tabled the Blunt amendment, which allows employers -- if they have personal religious objections -- to not provide contraception coverage under the federal health-care law.

In was a mostly party-line vote. But now-retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) voted with the Democrats, and three Democrats -- Bob Casey (D-PA), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Ben Nelson (D-NE) voted with the Republicans.