If $6 trillion in spending and a projected $1.8 trillion deficit did not make President Joe Biden’s first federal budget proposal a heavy lift, the blueprint also paves the way for taxpayer funding of abortion.
The Biden budget removes the Hyde Amendment, a provision attached to annual appropriations bills that has historically prevented federal funding of abortion in most cases for over 40 years under presidents of both parties. Named after Rep. Henry Hyde, an anti-abortion Illinois Republican, it initially passed in 1976 with over 100 Democratic votes in the House.
Biden, whose own position on abortion evolved as he began to harbor presidential ambitions in the 1980s, supported the Hyde Amendment until 2019. Many of his rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination favored getting rid of the policy, including now Vice President Kamala Harris, as did liberals in Congress.
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