Patty Murray

McConnell asks all senators to join all-male health group

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invited all Republicans on Tuesday to join with what's been an all-male working group of GOP senators to craft a health care bill, after facing criticism that women were being excluded.

"McConnell stood up and said, 'Please come and participate,'" Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said in an interview, describing the Kentucky Republican's request to GOP senators during a lunch. She also said, "I think they are opening up those meetings. I don't even know if they had any closed meetings."

The male-only makeup of the 13-member group had been a distraction as GOP senators begin writing their bill repealing much of...

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