Update: Mother’s Act Killed by Senate

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 14:37

Senate kills massive bill to create new programs

The Mother’s Act (a bill that would inevitably land pregnant and new mother’s on psychiatric medications).

WASHINGTON (Associated Press) — The Senate has killed a massive bill to create programs for probing civil rights crimes, combating child pornography and supposedly help new mothers overcome depression.

The 52-43 vote Monday fell short of the 60 votes required to move the bill to a final up-or-down vote. Opposition was led by Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn, who said the bill authorized more than $10 billion worth of new programs without proposing ways to pay for them.

Coburn and his supporters said they would support most of what’s in the noncontroversial bill once Congress acts to lower soaring gas prices. Democrats accused Republicans of killing the “Advancing America’s Priorities Act” so the money could instead be spent on the war in Iraq.

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