Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has said that he will not vote for the Democrats’ reconciliation bill if it does not include the pro-life Hyde Amendment, which protects from Americans’ tax dollars going to abortion.
Here is Manchin’s conversation with the National Review, according to Life News:
National Review: Senator, you’ve been very firm on keeping the Hyde amendment on the appropriations bills. Are you concerned about that issue at all in reconciliation—
NR: —with this new Medicaid program?
Manchin: Yeah, we’re not taking the Hyde amendment off. Hyde’s going to be on.
National Review: In the new Medicaid program?
Manchin: It has to be. It has to be. That’s dead on arrival if that’s gone.
Life News notes that “Manchin an[d] pro-life Republicans can kill Democrat efforts to fund abortions as long as they stick together in the Senate and filibuster the measure.”