U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott announced recently that they will work to kill any funding bill that does not include the pro-life Hyde Amendment provision.
In a letter to Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Florida’s senators joined 46 other Republicans in declaring their “unwavering support for the Hyde Amendment and all other longstanding pro-life protections.”
The Hyde Amendment was a provision enacted in 1976 that lawmakers from both parties included annually in funding bills to ensure taxpayers’ money did not fund abortions. Democrats have largely tried to ditch that under President Joe Biden, instead of pushing for federal funding of abortions. Biden himself, who regularly promotes his Catholic faith, backed Hyde during his entire Senate career but abandoned it when he ran for president in 2019.
As Rubio, Scott, and the rest noted, “For more than 45 years, the Hyde Amendment has ensured that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions, saving the lives of nearly 2.5 million preborn children.” And it remains popular with a “substantial majority” of Americans as well as some Democratic senators.
Although Biden renewed Hyde in a spending bill earlier this year, during Biden’s first year in office in 2021, according to Politico, the president submitted, and the House approved, a budget that didn’t include Hyde for the first time since its inception.
Biden has revived that, the Republicans noted to Schumer.
Biden’s 2023 budget “once again proposes to eliminate the Hyde Amendment and other existing pro-life protections, while also increasing taxpayer funding for the abortion industry at home and abroad, including through massive funding increases for the Title X family planning program,” they wrote.
The lawmakers added that on February 5, 2021, they signaled to Schumer that they would oppose “the advancement of any legislation that would eliminate or weaken the Hyde Amendment or any other current-law pro-life protections, or otherwise undermine existing Federal pro-life policy.”
“We firmly renew this commitment for FY 2023,” they added.
“We are united in our resolve to preserve more than 45 years of consensus against taxpayer funding for abortion. We urge you to start where we finished by making a baseline commitment to maintain the same pro-life protections” that were included in the budget bill Biden signed in February.
Thay called on Schumer “to eschew any taxpayer-funded giveaways that benefit the multi-billion-dollar abortion industry.”
“The American people, born and preborn, deserve nothing less.”