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Senator Jokes About Speaker Boehner’s ‘Plan B’

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Senator Patty Murray and Secretary Shaun Donovan speak at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

Senator Patty Murray and Secretary Shaun Donovan speak at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Craig Barritt/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator is joking that, with House Speaker John Boehner embracing “Plan B,” women’s issues are progressing in Congress.

Washington Democrat Patty Murray told reporters Thursday that she got excited when she heard Boehner talking about Plan B.

But then, she kidded, she learned it didn’t signify progress for women after all.

Boehner has a backup plan for his fight over the “fiscal cliff” with President Barack Obama and has dubbed it Plan B. The “cliff” refers to huge tax increases and spending cuts that take effect in early January unless lawmakers can head them off.

Plan B is also the name of a contraceptive pill that some conservatives oppose because it can be used after unprotected intercourse.

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