Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) asked for Unanimous Consent on the House floor to force a vote on H.R. 18, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to support and enable the abortion industry. Latta is a cosponsor of H.R.18.
Click here to watch Latta’s remarks on the House floor.
The Hyde Amendment, a provision which prevents American taxpayer dollars from being used to fund abortions, has passed through Congress on a bipartisan basis every year since 1976. President Joe Biden’s budget proposal calls for the Hyde Amendment to be removed, and Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has repeatedly said that the FY2022 LHHS bill will not contain the Hyde Amendment.
A transcript of Latta’s remarks is below:
For more than 40 years, American taxpayers have been protected from paying for abortions-on-demand with their tax dollars. Alarmingly, President Biden’s budget proposal calls for the Hyde Amendment to be removed. This radical and immoral policy makes it legal for taxpayer dollars to support and enable the abortion industry.
Nearly 60% of Americans agree that taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortion. This is not a partisan issue.
One of the most basic ways we can protect innocent life is ensuring that taxpayer money is not being used to fund abortions. As a defender of the unborn, I do not support the removal of the Hyde Amendment.
I oppose all efforts to mandate taxpayer funding for abortion. With that being said, Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that the committees on Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and the Judiciary be discharged from further consideration of H.R. 18, and ask for its immediate consideration in the House.