President Joe Biden’s $6 trillion spending proposal did not include any acknowledgement of the Hyde Amendment, which since the 1976 has kept elective abortions from being paid for with American taxpayer dollars.
Biden’s budget was released Friday. With Democrat control of the House and a 50-50 split in the Senate, abortion foes fear that this is the year the Democrats could finally reverse the legislation that brought some semblance of balance to Roe vs. Wade by prohibiting federally funded abortions.
Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski is a pro-choice Republican and there are other House and Senate Republicans who may vote against the reinstatement of the Hyde Amendment should it be added via amendment, which is unlikely in the House or Senate, given the fact that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are in charge.
Biden, who is Catholic, was a supporter of the Hyde Amendment when he was in the Senate, but when running for president he reversed his position.
“Exciting to see the admin’s historic step! For too long, the Hyde amendment has put the gov’t in control of personal health care decisions for people with low incomes,” wrote Planned Parenthood on Twitter.