GOP Rep. says the Hyde Amendment is at risk if Dems win the Senate

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) has just issued a warning for Americans.

According to Banks, the Hyde Amendment will be the “first issue on the chopping block” should Democrats gain control of the Senate by winning the Georgia runoff elections in January, Breitbart reports. And top Democrat leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are in on the plan. 

The Hyde Amendment, with two exceptions, “banned the use of federal funding to pay for abortions through Medicaid.” It has been included in every federal spending bill since the mid-1970s when it was passed. According to Banks, however, the Hyde Amendment’s days could be numbered.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked whether she would look to repeal the Hyde Amendment in 2021. She replied that “it’s long overdue,” adding:

Well, I don’t know if there will be a bill to do that, but it will be part of legislation. Yes, I think that is — I mean, I, myself, have been an opponent of the Hyde Amendment long before I came to Congress. So, I would be receptive to that happening, yes.

“. . . one of their very first priorities . . .”

Banks discussed the situation during an interview with Brietbart on Monday.

The segment began with Banks talking about the importance of the Georgia runoffs in that they will determine which party will control the Senate in the next Congress.

“This is so important, there is so much at stake and, what I’ve seen first hand on the floor of the House is that these radical socialist Democrats want to transform America,” Banks said.

Sens. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) will be facing off against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. The Democrats would have to win both of these races to gain control of the Senate. If that does happen, then according to Banks, the Hyde Amendment is going to be eliminated.

“Stripping the Hyde Amendment is one of their very first priorities,” Banks said. “The Hyde Amendment has been bipartisan for almost 50 years. Presidents like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Joe Biden, even a few years ago, was in favor of the Hyde Amendment. And the first issue on the chopping block is to remove the Hyde Amendment.”

It’s true

The Democrats are no longer even hiding the fact that they intend to get rid of the Hyde Amendment. In fact, they are gearing up to do just that.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the incoming chair the House Appropriations Committee, recently held a hearing to debate the Hyde Amendment. DeLauro said:

While the Labor/HHS/Education bill has carried the Hyde Amendment every year since 1976, this is the last year. The inequities in our country’s healthcare system that have been exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic all further expose the impact of the Hyde Amendment. All of these issues deny the humanity of people of color and their ability to do well for their families and their communities.

As Banks said, if the Democrats succeed in repealing the Hyde Amendment, “that means that every taxpayer in America, whether you’re pro-abortion or not, that means your tax dollars would go to fund abortions.” It’s just one of the many important issues on the line in the Georgia runoffs this January.

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