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Agree with much of what you say, but I thought jamming a wedge issue like birth control into an unrelated bill was unnecessary, uncalled for, and that it made the Democrats look weak. It was as if Pelosi was saying "we can't pass this straight up so we're playing like the Republicans did."

Pass the birth control funding a la carte. Put every Republican on record with their vote. Don't bury OUR issues in omnibus bills. We have public opinion on our side and should be able to pass significant legislation without power plays.

I suspect that the birth control issue was jammed in not because it was a power play so much as because the progressives demanded it, trying to salvage something from this overly conservative and business friendly stim package.

But there's also the opossibility that the power play was aimed at the Democratic party: ie, that if the birth control stands on its own, the BD's may well not allow it to pass. Possibly they were the ones who made the power play necessary, not the Pubs?

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