Udall, right, is a co-sponsor of the bill. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Senators blocked legislation Wednesday that would have required Hobby Lobby and other private employers with religious interests to pay for birth control.
The Senate rejected, by a 56-43 vote, the first procedural motion to advance the bill. Sixty votes were needed to limit debate on the motion to proceed. Republican members Susan Collins of Maine, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted with nearly all Democrats in favor of cloture.
Before the vote closed, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., switched his vote for procedural reasons. Full story