U.S. Bishops Welcome Restoration of Hyde Amendment

Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ have welcomed the restoration of the Hyde Amendment to the federal budget following a recent non-binding Senate vote, even though it may still not be included in subsequent legislation.

“I’m hopeful and praying hard for this and I’m very grateful that the Senate did the right thing,” Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore told Crux.

On Aug. 10, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Catholic Democrat, joined all Republican Senators in a 50-49 vote passing a budget resolution amendment to restore the 45-year old provision that prevents taxpayer funding of abortion. In late July, the Democrat-led House of Representatives omitted Hyde and other pro-life riders from the budget bill for the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services.

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