Thursday, July 20, 2017

Pro-Life Policy in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill

Tuesday the House Appropriations Committee approved the Homeland Security Appropriations bill.

Rep. Robert Aderholt offered a pro-life amendment to prevent funding for elective abortion for detainees of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to safeguard the conscience rights of any ICE employee who objects to facilitating an abortion. Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman Rep. John Carter (R-TX) rose in support of the Aderholt amendment. Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) also spoke in support.

The Aderholt amendment was adopted by a vote of 29-21; 28 Republicans and 1 Democratic Member, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), voted to adopt the pro-life language. 21 Democratic Members voted in opposition to the amendment. 2 Republicans, Reps. Mark Amodei (R-NV) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA), did not vote.

The Aderholt amendment mirrors the longstanding language applied to the Bureau of Prisons in the CJS bill and codifies the Administration’s current practice with regard to ICE. However, until this policy is supported in law, it could be changed at any time. The Aderholt Amendment has been included in the House Homeland Security bill from FY13-17 and was included in President Trump’s Budget Request for FY2018.

Also, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) offered an amendment to make Charlie Gard a lawful permanent resident of the US. The text of her amendment is similar to the private bills introduced by Reps. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and Trent Franks (R-AZ) (H.R. 3190 and H.R. 3188 respectively). The amendment was adopted by voice vote.

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