by Countable | 2.19.19
Before the Senate wrapped up its floor work last week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the chamber’s first order of business when it returns from Presidents Day recess will be a vote on a bill to protect infants born alive after attempted abortions.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311), offered by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), would:
Sasse’s bill would go beyond what Congress did in legislation enacted more than a decade and a half ago:
What are the prospects for Sasse’s bill?
Sasse attempted to bring the bill up for a vote by asking unanimous consent earlier this February, but Senate Democrats blocked that effort through Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-WA) objections, who said “we already have laws against infanticide”.
Monday’s vote is on a cloture motion on the motion to proceed, so it will require 60 votes to succeed. While the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act currently has 49 Republican cosponsors it’s unclear whether enough Senate Democrats will support the motion for it to be agreed to.
If it is, the Senate would then debate the bill for up to 30 hours before taking another procedural vote on the motion to proceed, which would then be followed by debate and a likely vote on a cloture motion for the underlying bill before a passage vote could be held.
If it isn't, the Senate will move on to considering a circuit court nomination and will table the abortion debate for later date.
— Eric Revell
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Written by Countable