A massive appropriations package largely created at the hands of House Democrats was soundly denounced by the Trump Administration on Thursday for, among other things, its funding of abortion under Title X.
“How much damage can House Democrats do in 1,165 pages? A lot,” writes Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in an editorial shredding the spending bill. “If you want a transgender-identifying military, legalized marijuana, taxpayer-funded abortion, medical coercion, genderless shelters, and zero privacy protections, you’ve got H.R. 7617.”
The massive contents of the bill match its massive name: “the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act.”
Within the spending plans of the six Fed departments named in the bill, Perkins writes, there is “a dangerous agenda to undermine this president’s pro-life, pro-family, and pro-freedom accomplishments.”
Obviously, Republicans know, this is all about election-year messaging. They did their best to stop the liberal laden legislation, including a series of amendments from stalwarts like Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), which would have gotten rid of the special status for LGBT-identifying individuals in HUD housing shelters. Congressman Ron Wright (R-Texas) also took at stab at the Labor portion of the bill, hoping to keep the equal footing for faith-based groups in the agency’s contracts. Unfortunately, with the numbers stacked against them, they failed.
Ultimately, Perkins declares, President Trump will have the last word, assuming the gargantuan spending bill ever makes it to his desk.
In a 29-page statement, however, the Trump admin signaled the president’s refusal to sign the bill in its current state, citing the inclusion of abortion in Title X funding as a major roadblock.
In a warning to its members, FRC expressed similar concerns, explaining that the proposal “would block the Trump administration’s Protect Life Rule, which ensures Title X clinics are not collocated with abortion facilities and prohibits Title X grantees from referring patients for abortions.”
The bill would also effectively end Trump’s Conscience Protection Rule preserving health-care professionals’ conscience rights and would block the administration’s rules protecting religious and moral objections to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate.”
“The administration — and Republicans in general — are ready to work with Democrats to get a real budget agreement on the table,” Perkins concluded. “But this, they all agree, isn’t it.”
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