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Manchin: Reconciliation Bill Cannot Support Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) added another caveat to his long list of caveats in his opposition to President Joe Biden’s massive reconciliation bill: It must include the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayer-funded abortions.

As noted by National Review, the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, over which Manchin has already expressed hesitancy, contains a “Medicaid-like” provision that excludes the Hyde Amendment. Since Medicaid is typically funded by appropriations bills that require 60 votes, the Democrats had hoped to use the reconciliation bill as an opportunity to override the Hyde Amendment. The Hill reported:

Some Democrats are pushing to include a Medicaid-like program in the reconciliation package in which the federal government would step in and provide coverage in the 12 GOP-led states that have so far declined to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

The Democrats’ proposal does not include language reflecting the Hyde Amendment.

Democrats are trying to move a massive spending package that could include the Medicaid language through a process known as budget reconciliation, which prevents it from be… (Read more)

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