November 22, 2021

House Passes "Build Back Better" Bill without Hyde Amendment

Democrats in the House of Representatives passed President Biden's "Build Back Better" reconciliation bill on Friday morning. The bill was passed without the Hyde Amendment, and it includes specific provisions to expand taxpayer funding of abortion.

The final vote was 220 to 213. No Republicans voted in favor of the bill.

The Build Back Better Act would:
  • mandate that the Affordable Care Act fund abortion in all 50 states
  • fund abortions through reinsurance payments and cost-sharing funding
  • further subsidize Obamacare exchange plans that cover abortion on-demand
  • give billions of dollars to public health grants without applying the Hyde amendment
National Right to Life President Carol Tobias commented on the bill's passage. “Abortion is not healthcare and, until this Congress, the Hyde Amendment enjoyed 45 years of bipartisan support,” Tobias said. The Hyde Amendment is widely recognized as having a significant impact on the number of abortions in the United States saving an estimated 2.4 million American lives. Yet, today, the Hyde Amendment is being targeted at every turn by pro-abortion Democrats.”

The Build Back Better Act will next be brought to the Senate for a vote.