Reid open to vote on 20-week abortion ban

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Sunday that he was open to allowing a vote on a House bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.

But he also suggested Congress shouldn't be focusing on such "fringe issues."

"I think we should deal with the problems that affect this country," Reid said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We need to do something to help the American working class and stop worrying about fringe issues."

Pressed further by host David Gregory about whether it's a reasonable proposal, Reid said he will evaluate his options.

"I'm happy to take a look at this," he said.

Reid is one of a few Democrats in the Senate identifies as being against abortion rights.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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Aaron Blake · July 14, 2013