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Report: GOP senator announces plan for first-ever Pro-Life Caucus in Senate


House has had one since 1981

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Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) has announced plans to form the "first ever Pro-Life Caucus in the Senate," the National Review reported.

What is the goal?

"We're finally going have in the Senate what the House has had for many years, so that the House and the Senate can work together on having a more strategic approach in how we're going to move pro-life policies to the president's desk," Daines told the news outlet.

Since 1981, the House has had a pro-life caucus, which is currently co-chaired by Representatives Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), according to the report.

The lawmaker said he isn't sure why the Senate has not previously had a pro-life caucus.

"I saw that we did not have one and I saw we needed it," he told the National Review. "This will allow us to bring the pro-life groups that work off the Hill, as well as pro-life senators and other staff on the Hill, to unify us so we're all pulling in the same direction to advance the pro-life cause."

Other pro-life senators have already expressed an interest in joining, he added.

Republicans have a slight majority in the Senate but lack the 60 votes needed to override the Democratic legislative filibuster and pass "standalone pro-life-bills."

Although the GOP's main focus is confirming judges to the district and circuit courts, Danies believes the pro-life caucus can also help the GOP accomplish "some key objectives."

Any key objectives?

"We'll keep the fight up on important legislation like the Pain Capable Protection Act and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act," Daines told the news outlet. "We'll be looking for ways we can find some common agreement, for example on late-term abortion. That should be stopped. There's no reason the Pain Capable bill isn't getting 60 votes. Public opinion is on our side there."

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