On July 29, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives voted by a margin of 219-208 to pass spending legislation that does not include the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is an annual budget amendment that bars federal funds from being used for elective abortions. No House Democrats voted against the legislation. Similar restrictions on foreign aid funds were also stripped from the bill.
Because the spending measure is quite unlikely to receive 60 votes in the Senate, it is probable that the Hyde Amendment will remain in place when the spending legislation is finalized. While it is possible that Senate Democrats may attempt some parliamentary shenanigans to evade the 60-vote requirement, Fox News points out that it is unlikely that Democrats will risk a government shutdown over this issue.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi commented: “‘Way before I was in Congress the Hyde Amendment was there. I was thinking, “How can we get rid of that?” So it’s long overdue, getting rid of it, in my view.’”
At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we believe that maintaining the Hyde Amendment is one of the most important legislative priorities in Washington, D.C. Every child deserves a chance at life, and no American taxpayer should be forced to fund elective abortions.