— U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt’s amendment to allow some employers to opt-out of covering some health care services was defeated Thursday, but Blunt said the fight isn’t over.
Speaking on his weekly conference call with Missouri reporters, Blunt said he will continue to support the legislation — voted down in the Senate in a 51-49 vote — but not based on politics.
“This is such a fundamental issue,” Blunt said. “It’s a long time before I run for office again, and I didn’t pursue this this based on the politics.”
Three Democratic Senators, including Robert Casey, Joe Manchin, and Ben Nelson, joined Republicans in supporting the amendment, while only one Republican, outgoing Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe, voted against the amendment.
Missouri’s other Senator, Democrat Claire McCaskill, did not support Blunt’s amendment.
Blunt said he doesn’t anticipate the Senate spending more time on the issue.
“Whatever fight there is, I’m going to be in it,” Blunt said, but “I’m going to be focused on government spending and private sector job creation.”
On those issues, Blunt said he hopes to work with members of both parties to find common ground.