Protection of religious liberty (Fischer Amendment)

Senate Roll Call No. 55
113rd Congress, 1st Session

Rejected: 44-55 (see complete tally)
On March 22, 2013, during consideration of a budget resolution proposed by Senate Democrats (S. Con. Res. 8), Senator Deb Fischer (R-Ne.), with the support of NRLC, offered an amendment stating that federal programs dealing with "basic primary and preventive health care" should be conducted consistently with the First Amendment to the Constitution, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, "the protection of religious beliefs and moral convictions," and the Hyde Amendment (the federal law that prevents funding of abortions through Medicaid and certain other programs).  In effect, a vote in favor of the Fischer Amendment was a vote to condemn the actions of the Obama Administration in implementing a "preventive health" mandate, as part of Obamacare, that requires many employers and individuals purchase health plans that cover drugs and procedures to which they have religious or moral objections.  The Fischer Amendment failed, 44 to 55.  The amendment was supported by 42 Republicans and two Democrats.  It was opposed by three Republicans and 52 Democrats.  Roll call no. 55.

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 55
Votes For : 44
Votes Against : 55
Not Voting : 1

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