Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly said Thursday that he would back the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortions.
“I’m going to support Hyde in every way possible,” the senator reportedly told Bloomberg reporter Alex Ruoff.
Manchin announced in March that he would vote to confirm pro-abortion Xavier Becerra as Health and Human Services secretary, noting that Becerra had promised to “uphold the law” on the Hyde Amendment.
“He committed to me that he will uphold the law in regards to the Hyde Amendment,” Manchin said in a March statement. “I believe Attorney General Becerra will be a leader for every American and West Virginian, and I will vote to confirm him as Secretary of Health and Human Services.”
President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment, and his assurances are backed by Democratic leadership and pro-abortion advocates pushing to axe the amendment from acts of Congress.
Biden, who formerly said he was opposed to abortion as a Catholic, supported the Hyde Amendment up until June 2019. At the time, presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and then-Sen. Kamala Harris, had pledged to repeal the Hyde Amendment should they become president in 2020.
Manchin’s stance would likely block a spending bill in committee if it doesn’t include the ban on federal funds for abortion except in the case of rape, incest and to save the life of the woman.
Senate Appropriations Committee is evenly divided between D’s and R’s.
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