White House endorses Dems' birth control access bill

The White House threw its weight behind a Democratic bill to ensure that women employed by for-profit companies have comprehensive birth control coverage regardless of their employers' objections.

In a Statement of Administration Policy, the White House urged passage of the legislation in the Senate, where a vote will take place on Wednesday.

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"The administration believes that women should make personal healthcare decisions for themselves, rather than their employers deciding for them," the statement read. "This legislation would restore that right."

The bill from Sen. Patty MurrayPatty MurrayRyan goes all-in on Puerto Rico Overnight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika MORE (D-Wash.) and Mark UdallMark UdallEnergy issues roil race for Senate Unable to ban Internet gambling, lawmakers try for moratorium Two vulnerable senators lack challengers for 2016 MORE (D-Colo.) would reverse the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision by preventing for-profit companies from opting out of federal healthcare coverage rules on religious grounds.

Democrats are using the measure, which has no chance of passage in the House, to rally women voters before November. It is expected to fail on the Senate floor, lacking the 60 votes necessary to advance.