The Senate is poised to take up a bill that would require federal workers to provide birth control coverage to their employers.
It’s a bold move by Sen. Joe Manchin Joseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Health Care: Dems unveil long-awaited birth control measure | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry Trump administration’s new immigration enforcement strategy | Biden pushes back on Trump’s immigration plan | FDA to study ‘gender pay gap’ at health agencies | Dems vow to block Trump administration funding for anti-abortion organizations | Dems seek more information on new anti-Trump rule at health agency MORE (D-W.
The Senate has until Tuesday to act.
It is not yet clear how the legislation will impact insurance companies, which have been lobbying the White House to push back against the requirement.
The White House has been calling on Congress to protect contraception coverage as a way to reduce the number of uninsured and improve health outcomes.
President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive ‘con game’ with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE’s administration has been pressuring Congress to take a position on the contraception mandate.
But it’s unclear whether Manchin and Sen. Patty Murray Patricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Defense: Mattis denies South Korea test ban request | Mattis says he will not use nuclear weapons if Iran is serious about resolving Korea standoff | Senators press Trump on North Korea threat | GOP senators urge Congress to delay Kavanaugh nomination MORE (Wash.), both moderate Democrats, will support the bill.
Senators have been trying to reach a deal to avert a government shutdown that would have forced all federal agencies to shut down for the duration of the month.
The Senate last month voted down a measure that would allow lawmakers to avert the shutdown with a two-week extension of the existing budget, but that bill did not get enough support to pass.
The measure would have allowed lawmakers to negotiate a budget that included an increase in the federal borrowing limit and a tax increase.
Republicans, however, have been adamant that they will not allow Democrats to attach a budget to the continuing resolution and pass it.
Democrats are pushing to attach the continuing resolutions to the federal budget.
The House passed a bill on Tuesday that included a provision that would extend the current budget until Sept. 30.
The bill, which was signed into law by President Trump, does not include a provision to avert any shutdown.
However, it includes a provision for the Senate to extend the budget until September 30 if lawmakers cannot reach a compromise.
The provision would allow the Senate Appropriations Committee to negotiate an extension of funding in exchange for a spending deal on the debt ceiling.
The continuing resolution would have provided $1.9 trillion in funding for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.