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Senate Republicans Block Contraception Bill

Posted On July 16, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- Senate Democrats are vowing to fight on after Republicans blocked a birth control bill after a controversial Supreme Court Ruling. Senator Patty Murry of Washington had introduced the bill that would reinstate free birth control products for women affected by the ruling.   The high court ruled that some companies with religious…

Senate Dems Try To Counter Contraception Decision

Posted On July 16, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- Senate Democrats are pushing legislation to counter the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on contraception. The high court ruled recently that some companies with religious objections can deny health insurance coverage for contraception. Democrats say the "Not My Boss' Business- Act" would reinstate free birth control products for women under terms of…

House Investigates CDC Lab Problems

Posted On July 16, 2014

(Washington, DC) -- A House panel is hearing testimony today from the Centers for Disease Control Director Thomas Frieden . The CDC is under fire after it was revealed last month that dozens of lab workers had potentially been exposed to anthrax. Republican Representative Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania insisted "this is not the CDC's first…

NJ Poised To Become First State To Ban Beach Smoking

Posted On July 16, 2014

(Jersey City, NJ) -- New Jersey is on the verge of becoming the first state to ban all smoking at public beaches and parks. A bill passed by both houses last month expands the state's Smoke Free Act to include recreational spaces. It's awaiting Governor Chris Christie's signature. Some beach towns, such as Long Beach…

NY Lawmakers Want To Protect Women’s Reproductive Health Choices

Posted On July 16, 2014

(New York, NY) -- There's pushback in New York following the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling. Sara Lee Kessler reports.   Play Clip