Debate on Abortion Amendment Delayed

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “scrapped plans late Thursday to turn the Senate’s attention to an amendment that would ban federal funds from being used for abortions after the author told Reid he was not yet finished crafting it,” CNN reports.

The decision to delay action on the controversial amendment from Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Nebraska, came after Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is co-sponsoring the amendment, complained that Reid was rushing debate on it.

"He (Nelson) is being pushed very hard by his side to bring it up before it’s ready to be brought up," Hatch said. "To do really good legislation around here, you need to make sure people who agree with you are on board and the outside groups feel good about it. There’s a lot of work I need to do and he needs to do."

Nelson said he “did not feel rushed by Reid and blamed the delay on the complexities of writing the highly technical abortion language.”

It’s unclear what exact amendments are next, but it appears that votes are possible on something this weekend.

(credit image – associated press)

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