Joe Manchin Won’t Vote for Democrat Reconciliation Bill Without Hyde Amendment

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 30, 2021   |   9:50AM   |   Washington, DC

Senator Joe Manchin has said he will not vote for any Democrat reconciliation bill without the Hyde Amendment to protect Americans from having to fund abortions.

As Democrats advance massive legislation to exponentially increase government spending, pro-life groups are very concerned about the prospects for overturning Hyde and forcing Americans to fund killing babies in abortions. Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats have been working overtime to scrap the protections that have been in place since the 1970s to ensure Americans are not compelled to have their tax dollars spent on abortions — which is something a majority of Americans have always opposed.

As National Review reports, Manchin is a no go for launch on an abortion-funding bill, saying reconciliation is “dead on arrival” in the Senate if it doesn’t include Hyde:

National Review: Senator, you’ve been very firm on keeping the Hyde amendment on the appropriations bills. Are you concerned about that issue at all in reconciliation—

Manchin: Certainly—

NR: —with this new Medicaid program?

Manchin: Yeah, we’re not taking the Hyde amendment off. Hyde’s going to be on.

National Review: In the new Medicaid program?

Manchin: It has to be. It has to be. That’s dead on arrival if that’s gone.

The good news is that Manchin an pro-life Republicans can kill Democrat efforts to fund abortions as long as they stick together in the Senate and filibuster the measure. But the reconcilation bill only needs 50 votes — making it so Manchin’s support is sorely needed to stop abortion funding in that legislation.

From National Review:

The traditional Medicaid program is funded by appropriations bills that are subject to a 60-vote hurdle in the Senate, so efforts by House Democrats to kill off the Hyde amendment entirely this year are doomed.

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But in their reconciliation bill, which only needs a simple majority to pass the Senate, House Democrats propose creating a new Medicaid-like program administered entirely by the federal government for low-income residents in the twelve states that chose not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The new Medicaid-like program lacks the Hyde amendment and would therefore fund abortions for beneficiaries.

Responding to Manchin’s comments, the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List told LifeNews, “We thank Senator Manchin for committing to stop taxpayer funding of abortion in the reconciliation bill.”

SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said, “There has long been consensus among the American people – regardless of party – that taxpayers should never be forced to pay for abortions. We praise Senator Manchin for standing up for this consensus and for the pro-life values of his West Virginia constituents.”

Earlier this month, SBA List launched a six-figure campaign thanking Senator Manchin for his previously stated opposition to taxpayer funding for abortion on demand. The ongoing campaign includes digital adsradio, constituent phone calls, and billboards in West Virginia.

Under budget reconciliation, it is possible to fund programs that bypass the Hyde family of amendments, which stop taxpayer funding of abortion on demand. Reconciliation bills require just a simple majority for passage in both the House and Senate. Anti-life provisions in the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill include:

  • Creation of a new abortion coverage mandate for 2024 ACA plans that cover individuals or families under 138% of the federal poverty level, but are not eligible for Medicaid.
  • Creation of a new program directed toward the 12 states that have not opted to expand Medicaid and that do not use state funds to pay for abortion. Unlike Medicaid, the program is structured so that it is not subject to the Hyde Amendment.
  • Additional public health funding streams that are not covered by the Hyde Amendment.

Earlier this year, Pelosi passed a federal budget that forces Americans to fund abortions.

The Hyde Amendment has saved an estimated 2.4 million babies from abortion.

Polls consistently show that most Americans oppose taxpayer funding for abortions. A recent Marist poll found that 77 percent of Americans oppose using taxpayer dollars to promote abortion overseas, and 58 percent oppose using taxpayer money to fund abortions in the United States.

2016 Harvard/Politico poll found strong support for the Hyde Amendment as well. It also found that voters who make more than $75,000 were more supportive of forcing taxpayers to fund abortions (45 percent in favor), while those who make $25,000 or less were strongly against it (24 percent in favor). In other words, the people most likely to qualify for a Medicaid-covered, taxpayer-funded abortion are more likely to oppose it.