Manchin just delivered another blow to Joe Biden’s agenda.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) said that he will protect the Hyde Amendment in all spending bills.
The Hyde Amendment is a legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape.
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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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.”
Joe Biden has flipped on his Hyde Amendment stance.
Biden announced on June 6, 2019, that he could “no longer support an amendment” that cuts off abortion funding. The former vice president cited attacks on abortion legislation from GOP lawmakers as a reason for his switch.
Biden’s Vice President Kamala Harris attacked him for his flip on Hyde soon after his June 2019 statement during the July Democratic presidential primary debate. Harris pointed out that Biden only changed his stance on Hyde after he began running for president. She called his former stances on abortion “unacceptable.”
“Why did it take you so long to change your position on the Hyde Amendment?” Harris asked Biden. “Why did it take so long until you were running for president to change your position on the Hyde Amendment?”
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