Senator Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) said he would continue to support the Hyde Amendment, in comments to Bloomberg government Thursday.
“I will support Hyde in any way I can”, Manchin said. The West Virginia senator is one of the few Congressional Democrats to have expressed support for the measure, which bans almost all federal funding for abortions.
Given that Manchin sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee, which is equally divided between Democrats and Republicans, Manchin could demand that the Hyde Amendment be included in any spending bill to hit the Senate floor.
“As a longtime Catholic, I have always been pro-life and I think the Hyde Amendment ensures that federal funds are not used to perform abortions all over the country,” Manchin said. National exam in a statement written in December 2020. “To repeal the Hyde Amendment would be foolish and I strongly oppose this push by some members of Congress. If this bill goes to the Senate, I will vote against repealing the Hyde Amendment. “
Senator Bob Casey (D., Pa.), Another supporter of the Hyde Amendment, reaffirmed this support in his comments to Politics in May.
“I’m where I’ve always been on Hyde: I support him,” Casey said. “I think there is broad disagreement on the issue across the country, and we have made the decision now over generations that those who do not support abortion should not spend their tax dollars on it. . “
President Biden said in 2019 that he “could no longer continue to abide by the Hyde Amendment,” and his administration’s proposed federal budget did not include the amendment.