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Senators Who Crossed Party Lines on Contraception Amendment -- PICTURES

March 1, 2012

As controversy continues over the "contraception mandate," the amendment by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., went to a vote on Thursday. Blunt's amendment would have attached a provision to a highway bill that would allow religious institutions to "opt out" of the federal health care mandate for their employees for religious reasons. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 51-48, but four senators broke ranks. Here are the senators who crossed party lines during the vote.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., voted against tabling the amendment.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., voted against tabling the amendment.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., voted against tabling the amendment.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)


Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who announced her retirement early this week, was the only Republican to vote to table the amendment.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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