Abortion Funding in Spending Bill Picks Fight With Manchin, GOP

Oct. 18, 2021, 8:16 PM

Senate Democratic leaders are proposing to end the long-time prohibition on federal funds to support abortion services, setting up a fight with Republicans and a key member of their own party over fiscal year 2022 spending.

The head of the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a $220.8 billion spending bill for the departments of health and human services as well as labor and education that seeks to eliminate the Hyde and Weldon amendments. The provisions keep people on programs like Medicaid from accessing abortion services via safety net programs.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), head of the appropriations panel responsible for health ...

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