“Eliminating the Hyde amendment would be a death sentence for millions of unborn Americans”

Editor’s note. Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) spoke in favor of H.R. 18, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

Mr. BURCHETT. Mr. Speaker, Joe Biden’s budget request is troubling for many reasons. Today, I want to focus on how the President is weaponizing his budget to the left’s anti-life agenda. In his fiscal year 2022 budget, President Biden has called on Congress to eliminate the Hyde amendment, which Biden used to support when he was in the United States Senate. 

The Hyde amendment is commonsense policy that has stood for decades. It would be wrong to force pro-life Americans to fund abortions against their moral will. Mr. Speaker, abortion goes directly against the Catholic Church’s teachings, but Joe Biden, a Catholic himself, has embraced abortion. I applaud the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for sticking to their guns about the church’s principles. 

Eliminating the Hyde amendment would be a death sentence for millions of unborn Americans, Mr. Speaker. Being anti-life is now the price of admission into today’s Democratic Party, but Joe Biden knows deep down this isn’t right. The President needs to buck his party’s radical base on this issue and ditch his plans to scrap the Hyde amendment. 

Mr. President, get back to your roots from when you were a Senator. Make the right decision and protect the lives of the unborn.