Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), leader of the House progressives, pushed back on one of centrist West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s demands for Democrats’ massive reconciliation spending package, saying Sunday morning that she will not support the bill if it includes the Hyde Amendment.
With the progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic Party continuing to negotiate President Joe Bidens’s agenda-setting $3.5 trillion social policy bill, Manchin—who describes himself as “pro-life”— made it clear last week that he would only vote for the bill if the Hyde Amendment is part of it. (The amendment prevents federal programs from covering abortion expenses.)
“Yeah, we’re not taking the Hyde Amendment off. Hyde’s going to be on,” the conservative Democrat told right-wing magazine National Review last week. “That’s dead on arrival if that’s gone.”