On Tuesday, President Joe Biden signaled that he would be willing to sign a reconciliation bill even if it included the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits government funding from going to most abortions.
Biden was asked by reporters if he would sign the reconciliation bill if it included the Hyde Amendment.
He responded, “I’d sign it either way.”
REPORTER: Are you OK if the Hyde Amendment is in the reconciliation bill?
BIDEN: … I want to get the bill passed.
REPORTER: Would you sign it if the Hyde Amendment is in [the bill]?
BIDEN: I’d sign it either way.pic.twitter.com/lBSYlWKm8P
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) October 5, 2021
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia (D) said recently that he would not support a reconciliation bill that didn’t have the Hyde Amendment in it.
As The Daily Wire reported, Manchin explained his position to National Review:
National Review: Senator, you’ve been very firm on keeping the Hyde amendment on the appropriations bills. Are you concerned about that issue at all in reconciliation—
NR: —with this new Medicaid program?
Manchin: Yeah, we’re not taking the Hyde amendment off. Hyde’s going to be on.
National Review: In the new Medicaid program?
Manchin: It has to be. It has to be. That’s dead on arrival if that’s gone.
Biden’s move contradicts what the administration has described as Biden’s position on the Hyde Amendment in the past.
On Monday, for example, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president’s position on the Hyde Amendment was the same.
A reporter asked Psaki, “Senator Manchin has said that he wants to see a Hyde Amendment included in reconciliation bill. Congresswoman Jayapal and others are opposed to that. Where does the president stand on inclusion of the Hyde Amendment in the reconciliation bill?”
Psaki responded, “Well, I’m not going to negotiate the package from here, but as you know, the president opposes the Hyde Amendment. That has not changed.”
Progressives in Congress have said they will not vote for a reconciliation bill that includes the Hyde Amendment.
Earlier this year, Biden’s budget removed the Hyde Amendment, securing a promise that he made during the campaign.
As NPR reported in May, “The budget plan, released late last week, would drop the policy which has restricted funding for abortion through federal programs such as Medicaid. The rule, in effect since 1980, includes exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or to save a pregnant woman’s life.”
The Hyde Amendment, and the general idea that taxpayer funds should not go to abortions, has long been