special: Censor Roger Wicker, R-Virgin., and Joe Manchin, D-WVA, sent a bipartisan letter to the leaders of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to protect Hyde an amendment And retain this “long standing provision” in the Fiscal Year 2022 bill.
senators cross the aisle in a Letter Both Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and ranking member Richard Shelby, R-Ala., both expressed “support for the Hyde Amendment.”
Wicker and Manchin said the amendment “has been included in annual appropriation bills on a bipartisan basis since 1976” and has been a “decade-long, consensus-building agreement” before calling for it to be included in the budget.
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The Hyde Amendment is a long-standing Medicaid amendment that prevents federal taxpayer dollars from going toward elective abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or the mother’s life being in danger.
“Recent public polls show that nearly 60% of Americans oppose or strongly oppose using taxpayer dollars to support abortion,” the senators wrote. “Both Democrat and Republican presidents have signed the Hyde Amendment into law.”
“It has passed through both the Democrat- and Republican-controlled Congress, and it was upheld by the Supreme Court in 1980,” he continued. “Repealing this provision would end a bipartisan precedent of more than 40 years.”
Neither Leahy nor Shelby’s committee offices responded to LBL’ requests for comment.
President Biden recently reversed his decades-old stance supporting the bipartisan amendment, and congressional Democrats removed the measure from the budget in an unprecedented move this year.
On Tuesday, more than 100 conservative leaders and activists held a Letter Congressional Republicans called on him to back the decades-old agreement.