President Joe Biden dropped a $6 trillion budget proposal on Friday just before the long holiday weekend but the outrageous price tag was just the tip of the iceberg.
The proposal also dropped Hyde Amendment protections which could indicate that taxpayers could soon be funding elective abortions.
The budget provision, which has passed every year since 1976 with bipartisan support, prohibits the use of federal funding for abortions unless an abortion is to save the woman’s life or if the pregnancy is due to incest or rape. The restriction applies to federal employees, servicewomen as well as Medicare and Medicaid recipients
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tweeted a response to the proposal on Friday, calling it “the most reckless & irresponsible budget proposal in my lifetime. It’s wrong for America.”
🚨 BREAKING NEWS→ President Biden is destroying decades of settled precedent by calling for direct taxpayer-funded abortion.
The #BidenBudget is the most reckless & irresponsible budget proposal in my lifetime. It’s wrong for America.
My full statement: https://t.co/wG4atRrWrZ
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) May 28, 2021
In January, House Republicans pledged to continue to support the ban on taxpayer-funded abortions.
Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and 199 of his colleagues supported a letter directly expressing their opposition to the radical left’s efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment. The letter was directed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Banks explained his opposition to Biden’s radical budget in a statement to Townhall.
“By stripping language protecting taxpayers from having to pay for abortions, Joe Biden’s going to go down as the most radical and pro-abortion president we’ve ever had. Even President Obama included the Hyde Amendment in his budget proposals. This isn’t your dad’s Democrat Party,” he said.
A similar letter supporting the Hyde Amendment was sent to Schumer in February. This letter was signed by 48 lawmakers including the organizers, Sen Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and the founder and chair of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus Steve Daines (R-Mt.)
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was largely credited as COVID-19 relief, was passed without Hyde Amendment protections in March. An attempt by Sen. James Lankford (R-Ok.) to add an amendment did garner the support of three Democrats but the proposal ultimately failed.
THREE Democratic senators voted to apply the Hyde Amendment to the COVID relief bill.
1. Tim Kaine (former VP nominee)
2. Joe Manchin
3. Bob Casey Jr.
— Democrats for Life (@demsforlife) March 6, 2021
Polling data overwhelmingly shows Americans support the Hyde Amendment, particularly when it is accurately described as a prohibition on taxpayer funding for elective abortions. Claims to the contrary generally appear to obscure the issue to gain alleged support for taxpayer-funded abortions. For example, one seemingly biased study conducted by a self-proclaimed “catalyst” for abortion justice, All* Above All, who specifically wants to get rid of the Hyde Amendment claims a majority of Americans support Medicaid coverage of abortion services.
Over the past several years, Biden appears to have flip-flopped on the Hyde Amendment like a fish out of water. In 2019 he indicated support for the amendment but caved to the immoral desires of the left after just 24 hours of backlash. Contrary to his message of unity during his campaign, he now seems to have solidified his position as a radical leftist.
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