Walorski Offers Amendment to Prevent Taxpayer Funding for Abortion in Reconciliation Package

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Walorski Offers Amendment to Prevent Taxpayer Funding for Abortion in Reconciliation Package

Amendment Would Include Pro-Life Hyde Protections to Ensure Americans’ Tax Dollars Don’t Subsidize Abortion

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today offered an amendment to the budget reconciliation package that would have added pro-life Hyde protections to ensure taxpayer dollars do not subsidize abortion. Ways and Means Committee Democrats rejected the amendment on a party line vote.

“A majority of Americans — nearly 60 percent — agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund elective abortions,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The Hyde Amendment has been in place for nearly half a century with bipartisan agreement, saving the lives of more than 2 million innocent babies and protecting Americans’ conscience rights. My amendment will preserve this important pro-life safeguard.”

The $1.9 trillion COVID relief package under consideration through the budget reconciliation process would subsidize COBRA health insurance premiums for unemployed workers. Walorski’s amendment would have protected life and defended the conscience rights of Americans by adding longstanding Hyde protections to these provisions, ensuring taxpayer-subsidized COBRA plans would not be used to pay for abortions.

Video of Congresswoman Walorski speaking on the amendment at today’s markup can be found here. Her remarks as prepared for delivery are below.

“Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I believe every human life is precious, and taxpayers should not be forced to pay for the destruction of life.

“That’s why House Republicans have been united in our efforts to protect the unborn and prevent taxpayer funding for abortion. A majority of Americans — nearly 60 percent — agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund elective abortions.

“The Hyde Amendment has been in place for nearly half a century with bipartisan agreement, saving the lives of more than 2 million innocent babies and protecting Americans’ conscience rights.

“My amendment will preserve this important pro-life safeguard by adding longstanding Hyde protections to this subtitle. This will make clear that a taxpayer-subsidized COBRA plan won’t be used to pay for elective abortions. It would also give issuers the chance to instead provide COBRA-eligible plan options that comply with the Hyde Amendment.

“We should acknowledge the reality that there is a broad consensus that taxpayer dollars should not fund abortion. I urge my colleagues to join me in protecting innocent life by supporting my amendment.

“With that, I yield back the balance of my time.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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