Political media The Hill was criticized Thursday for calling the decades-old Hyde Amendment “controversial.”
Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., announced on Wednesday that he would decline to vote for the Democratic reconciliation bill if it did not include the Hyde Amendment. Manchin told the National Review that any version of the reconciliation bill Democrats hope to pass will have to include the Hyde Amendment to win his vote.
“Yes, we are not going to withdraw the Hyde Amendment. Hyde is going to be activated,” Manchin said. He later added, “It must be. It must be. It’s dead on arrival if it’s gone.”
The Hyde Amendment, first passed in 1977, prohibited Medicaid and other federal programs from providing taxpayer money for abortions. For decades, the Hyde Amendment received broad bipartisan support. President Biden supported Hyde’s protections for most of his political career, but shifted when he became president, following the Democratic Party’s growing left wing on the issue.
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Critics criticized The Hill for calling the Hyde Amendment “controversial” and noted that recent polls show a majority of Americans support the protections.
“A Marist poll from January 2021 found that Americans supported the Hyde Amendment from 58% to 38%. Almost identical to the 2016 Politico / Harvard poll results, ”tweeted National Review White House correspondent John McCormack.
Republican strategist Doug Heye asked, “Controversial for whom? The majority of the public supports him. This once included Joe Biden.
Washington Examiner reporter Kimberly Ross wrote: “Support for Senator Manchin for insisting that the Hyde Amendment be included in reconciliation legislation. Despite strong claims to the contrary, Hyde isn’t extreme at all. . He must always be protected. “
“The Hyde Amendment is ‘controversial?’ Biden supported him for 40 years. He changed his mind during the campaign, ”wrote David Harsanyi, editor of National Review.
However, many progressives were outraged by Manchin’s ultimatum and vowed to fight it.
‘Squad’ rep Rashida Tlaib, D.-Mich., Tweeted: “This on a day when @RepJayapal @ CoriBush + @RepBarbaraLee courageously testify in front of @OversightDems about their lived experiences. This, at a time when we are fighting back against a attack on women’s right to health care and choice. “
“As the right to reproductive health care is under attack across the country. As I testified before the committee about my personal experience with abortion. As you block life-saving legislation in the Senate. As you profit from blocking these bills. Shame on you, ”“ Squad ”member Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo. Wrote.
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Manchin faced immense pressure from Progressive Democrats for opposing President Biden’s $ 3.5 trillion spending bill.
“While I hope that common ground can be found that translates into another historic investment in our country, I cannot – and will not support – trillions of spending or an all-or-one approach. nothing that ignores the brutal fiscal reality facing our country, ”says Manchin. “There is a better way and I think we can find it if we are willing to continue negotiating in good faith.”