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Spending bill includes ban on federal money for abortions.
The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a spending bill that included a reauthorization of the so-called Hyde Amendment barring federal money for abortions, despite a recent bubbling of vocal opposition to the amendment from liberals and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.
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There was no direct, up-or-down vote on the Hyde Amendment itself. It was ensconced inside the spending package of Labor and Health and Human Services appropriations. It passed 226-203.
No Republicans supported the spending bill. Six Democrats, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive firebrand, voted against it. Asked about the Hyde Amendment, she told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday: “I think that we need to repeal it.”
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In recent weeks, the four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions has drawn fire in Democratic circles, with former Vice President Joe Biden reversing his position in support of it after an outcry from liberals.
Despite the recent protests over the amendment, there was no plan from House Democrats to remove it from the spending package.
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The Hyde Amendment states that Medicaid — the taxpayer-funded program for poor Americans — won't pay for abortions unless the woman's life is in danger or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. The late Rep. Henry Hyde, first introduced it in...
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