Politics Sen. Tammy Baldwin tests positive for COVID-19
Same-sex marriage bill teeters on verge of GOP filibuster
Public opinion is overwhelmingly in favor of the measure that drew nearly 50 House Republicans. But across the Capitol, the vote count's likely to hinge on a bipartisan religious freedom amendment.While proponents publicly say they’re optimistic the bill will get the 10 GOP votes it needs during a floor vote expected the week of Sept. 19, senators and aides close to the effort say many Republicans may wait until the last minute to decide. Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) are drafting an amendment aimed at satisfying conservative concerns that the bill — backed in its current form by two members of House GOP leadership — risks infringing on religious freedom.
Sen. (D-WI) tested positive for Sunday.
"Thankfully, I am vaccinated and boosted and only experiencing minor symptoms," Baldwin. "I will quarantine while I continue to work remotely."
This makes Baldwin the fourth Democratic senator to test positive for the virus since the Senate returned from its August recess. Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) also tested positive, while Sen. John Ossoff's (D-GA) diagnosis is keeping him from a week of voting.
Baldwin, as the first lesbian senator, is working on finding 10 GOP senators to support her Respect for Marriage Act, a bill codifying same-sex marriage protections. Baldwin had hoped for a vote next week, but now expects to put it to a vote following the midterm elections as a result of her COVID-19 diagnosis.
The Senate's fight over same-sex marriage may hinge on Wisconsin's senators, who don't agree on much
The Senate push to enshrine federal protections for same-sex marriage has landed Wisconsin’s two senators — liberal Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay senator in history, and conservative Ron Johnson, who faces a tough re-election bid this fall and has waffled on the issue — in the spotlight. © Provided by NBC News There was a point months ago when it appeared the two — who typically shun the media — could agree on something else, too, when Johnson left the door open to supporting Baldwin’s same-sex marriage legislation.
"We’ve asked Leader Schumer for additional time, and we appreciate he has agreed," Baldwin and Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Thom Tillis (R-NC). "We are confident that when our legislation comes to the Senate floor for a vote, we will have the bipartisan support to pass the bill."
This push from Baldwin to codify same-sex marriage comes in the wake of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Democrats have cited Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurring opinion, which states that the high court should reconsider the issue, as reason to codify certain rights: specifically on abortion and contraception access, as well as marriage equality.
‘Rust’ Producers Escape Main Claims in Suit from Script Supervisor
The principal production company behind Rust will not have to face the central claims in a lawsuit from script supervisor Mamie Mitchell. A Los Angeles judge on Friday dismissed claims of assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress against Rust Movie Productions, Thomasville Pictures, Ryan Smith and Lengley Cheney, because they didn’t know Alec Baldwin would actually shoot the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins.
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