The Senate on Friday evening rejected a Republican amendment to the 2014 budget that calls for new criminal penalties for abortions performed on minors outside their home state.
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: Lack of GOP consensus on healthcare is not a 'weakness' Overnight Finance: Trump budget faces GOP resistance | House panel blocks Dem effort on Trump's business ties | Corporate giants at odds over border tax Rubio defends foreign aid amid proposed cuts MORE (R-Fla.) proposed an amendment to the budget that encourages passage of his Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act. That bill makes it a crime to transport minors across state lines to obtain an abortion, and requires doctors to give 24 hours notice to parents before performing an abortion.
It calls for fines of up to a year in prison for doctors who perform abortions on minors from outside the doctors' home state without parental notification.
During debate, Rubio said that while abortion is a divisive issue, parental notification should not be.
In reply, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerCarly Fiorina 'certainly looking at' Virginia Senate run Top Obama adviser signs with Hollywood talent agency: report Democrats vie for chance to take on Trump as California governor MORE (D-Calif.) said Rubio's bill does not take into account that many minors are too scared to tell their parents about an abortion they want.
"Under the Rubio amendment, a doctor and a grandmother would go to jail if the grandmother brought her grandchild across state lines… after she was raped," she said.
After speaking, Boxer raised a point of order against Rubio's amendment, saying it was non-germane. Rubio asked for a waiver from Senate budget rules, but the Senate voted 48-51 against waiving the budget rules.
Several Democrats voted in favor of waiving the budget rules, including Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidWill Republicans increase red tape in the healthcare industry? Sanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (D-Nev.) and Sens. Bob CaseyBob CaseyA guide to the committees: Senate GOP loses top Senate contenders How many GOP senators will stand up to megadonor DeVos? Just 2. MORE (D-Pa.), Joe DonnellyJoe DonnellySenate confirms Zinke to lead Interior Left threatens Trump-friendly senators with primary challenges Live coverage: Trump delivers first speech to Congress MORE (D-Ind.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinThe Hill's 12:30 Report Senate confirms Zinke to lead Interior GOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators MORE (D-W.Va.), and Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.).
The Senate disposed of several other amendments Friday evening, from:
— Mark BegichMark BegichThe future of the Arctic 2016’s battle for the Senate: A shifting map Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide MORE (D-Alaska), to ensure funding for the labeling of genetically-modified fish. Passed voice vote.
— Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleyDem 2020 hopefuls lead pack in opposing Trump Cabinet picks Poll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (D-Ore.), to ensure funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program by $50 million. Passed voice vote.
— Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderObamaCare quietly leaves mark on Medicare despite repeal push GOP governors confront Medicaid divide A guide to the committees: Senate MORE (R-Tenn.), to allow children in low-income families to benefit from federal education funding even when the children attend private schools. Failed 39-60.
— Kay HaganKay HaganLinking repatriation to job creation Former Sen. Kay Hagan in ICU after being rushed to hospital GOP senator floats retiring over gridlock MORE (D-N.C.), ensuring funding for U.S. service members and veterans. Passed voice vote.