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Speaker Boehner embraces ‘Plan B’ ... no, not that Plan B

Sen. Patty Murray D-Wash. accompanied by Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard DurbIll. speaks with reporters Capitol Hill WashingtMarch 1 2012

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., accompanied by Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin of Ill., speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 1, 2012, after defeating a Republican effort to roll back President Barack Obama's policy on contraception insurance coverage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Updated: December 20, 2012 7:04PM

WASHINGTON — 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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