Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), much to the delight of Republicans, continues to be a thorn in President Joe Biden and the Democrats’ side.
Breitbart reports that, just before the weekend, Manchin announced his intention to continue supporting the Hyde Amendment.
For those unfamiliar with the Hyde Amendment, it stops the federal government, in most cases, from using taxpayer money to support abortions. The two exceptions to the amendment are in cases in which an abortion is needed to save the life of the mother or in cases in which a pregnancy has resulted from incest or rape.
The Hyde Amendment was first passed in the 1970s, and it has been included annually in budgetary legislation ever since, enjoying widespread bipartisan support. But, the Democrats, led by Biden, have been looking to do away with the Hyde Amendment in order to satisfy their pro-abortion base.
That base recently praised Biden after he released a budget for the 2022 Fiscal Year that did not include the Hyde Amendment. For some, the move was somewhat puzzling for two reasons: Biden is a Catholic and he has supported the Hyde Amendment in the past as a U.S. senator, at one point telling a constituent: “Those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.”
Nonetheless, Biden now has gone full-on pro-abortion, and he is being joined in this effort to eliminate the Hyde Amendment by another self-described Catholic: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Now, though, it appears that Manchin is looking to upend Biden and Pelosi’s plan.
On Thursday, Manchin reportedly said, “I’m going to support Hyde in every way possible.”
What this means is that Manchin could have the ability to block any spending bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee that doesn’t include the Hyde Amendment. The committee is split 50/50 between Democrats and Republicans.
This really ought to come as no surprise for several reasons, including that Manchin is a pro-life Democrat.
“As a lifelong Catholic, I have always been pro-life and believe that the Hyde amendment ensures federal funds are not used to perform abortions anywhere in the country,” Manchin recently said. “Repealing the Hyde amendment would be foolish and I’m strongly opposed to this push from some Members of Congress. If this legislation is brought before the Senate I will vote against repealing the Hyde amendment.”
Manchin has also stood in the Democrats’ way on their blockbuster election overhaul bill and their attempt to eliminate the Senate filibuster. For this, he has earned the respect of many Republicans.