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House GOP Draws Red Line on Federally Funded Abortion

“We pledge to vote against any government funding bill that eliminates or weakens the Hyde Amendment or other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions.”

Republicans are searching for a post-Trump identity now that they are out of power in Washington, but one policy position will certainly carry on, and likely take on a renewed emphasis: opposition to federal funding of abortion.

Almost the entirety of the GOP House caucus, led by Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks […] have pledged to oppose any legislation that repeals the Hyde Amendment, the decades-old policy that prohibits federal programs such as Medicaid from paying for abortions.

It is perhaps the clearest line that party members — 200 in total — have drawn on policy since Joe Biden became president.

In a letter to both House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer, obtained by RealClearPolitics, the minority party made its position known: “We pledge to vote against any government funding bill that eliminates or weakens the Hyde Amendment or other current-law, pro-life appropriations provisions.”

The sentiment is not new. But the need for the proclamation is, conservatives say.

READ MORE AT REAL CLEAR POLITICS

PHOTO CREDIT: Mario Micklisch

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