Saturday, November 20, 2004
First post-election anti-abortion law likely to be passed
House and Senate negotiators have tucked a potentially far-reaching anti-abortion provision into a $388 billion must-pass spending bill, complicating plans for Congress to wrap up its business and adjourn for the year.
The spending measure, called an omnibus bill, was the main reason Congress returned to Washington after the election, and members of both parties say that despite Ms. Boxer's warnings, it is likely to pass with the abortion language intact.
Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, who by the way was "the nation's third biggest vote getter," intends to use "procedural means" to slow the vote—an action that is expected to do little other than call attention to the vote and annoy the other Senators.