Washington D.C., Jul 15, 2021 / 15:01 pm
The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday advanced a funding bill for fiscal year 2022 without including the usual prohibitions on abortion funding.
According to a committee summary, the appropriations bill - which funds the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Education - provides for $253.8 billion for the 2022 fiscal year, an increase of 28% from the current year. It does not include the Hyde Amendment, federal policy since 1976 that prohibits funding of most elective abortions in Medicaid.
An amendment to include the Hyde Amendment in the appropriations bill failed at Thursday’s markup hearing in a 27-32 vote. The legislation, without the Hyde Amendment, ultimately passed the committee by a vote of 33-25.
In remarks at the hearing, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), ranking member of the appropriations committee, said the Hyde Amendment “reflects a longstanding compromise on a controversial issue.”