Saturday, February 13, 2021

Committee Pro-Life Update

This week, House committees have hosted markups dealing with Budget Reconciliation related to COVID-19 Relief:

Education and Labor Committee Markup: Tuesday, February 9

Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC) highlighted a concern within the budget text that lack of protection on federal funding made available through Premium Assistance for COBRA violates the longstanding Hyde Amendment.

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) offered an amendment to protect taxpayer funding from being used to help finance COBRA subsidies that include health plans that cover abortion. The amendment was defeated, by a vote of 21-27, along party lines.


Ways and Means Committee Markup: Wednesday, February 10 through Friday, February 12

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) also offered an amendment to protect taxpayer funding from being used to help finance COBRA subsidies that include health plans that cover abortion. Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) spoke in support of Rep. Walorski’s amendment. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) also spoke in support of the amendment. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 18-24.


Small Business Committee Markup: Wednesday, February 10

Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) expressed concerns that the current bill text rewrites the rules to allow Planned Parenthood, a large abortion business, to benefit from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) intended to assist struggling small businesses. His amendment would ensure abortion providers would not qualify for PPP loans. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 9-14, along party lines.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) also offered an amendment ensuring Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers do not qualify for PPP loans. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 9-14, along party lines.


Energy and Commerce Committee Markup: Thursday, February 11 through Friday, February 12

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) offered pro-life amendment that would reroute $50 million for the Title X program to instead be used for youth suicide prevention programs. The Title X program has been one of the largest contributors to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) spoke in support of Rep. Lesko’s Amendment. Rep. John Joyce, M.D. (R-PA) also offered support for the amendment. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 26-31, along party lines.

Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) spoke on her amendment, which would apply the Hyde Amendment to the budget reconciliation bill. Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment, which protects tax dollars from funding elective abortions and health plans that cover elective abortions, has reflected longstanding, bipartisan consensus and is supported by a majority of the American people. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) offered his remarks supporting the Hyde Amendment. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) spoke in support of the amendment. Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) spoke in support of the amendment. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 26-31, along party lines.


Oversight and Government Reform Committee Markup: Friday, February 12

Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM) offered an amendment which would prevent any state or locality from receiving federal funding unless they enact a law that protects infants born alive after an abortion or an attempted abortion. It would require health care practitioners to provide the same level of care to babies born alive after an abortion or attempted abortion that they would give to a child at the same gestational age, including immediate transfer to a hospital. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) spoke in favor of the amendment. The amendment was defeated 17-23, along party lines.

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