“To strengthen the Hyde amendment, we must make it permanent law”

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

Ms. GRANGER. Mr. Speaker, the Hyde amendment is an essential protection for the conscience rights of Americans and has saved over 2 million innocent lives. The prohibition on the use of taxpayer funds for abortion has been enacted annually on a bipartisan basis despite our country’s divisions on the question of abortion itself. 

Yet, despite President Biden’s decades of support for the Hyde amendment, his budget request bows to the radical left and fails to include these longstanding protections. As ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, I am committed to protecting all existing pro-life protections and advancing the pro-life cause whenever possible.

I will strongly oppose the elimination of the Hyde amendment from annual appropriations bills. But to strengthen the Hyde amendment, we must make it permanent law. That is why I support H.R. 18, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.