By Sam Baker - 05/04/11 05:05 PM EDT
Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was non-committal Wednesday about the prospect of attaching anti-abortion legislation to a vote on the debt ceiling.
Smith, the lead sponsor of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," said all options are on the table but that he has not settled on a specific strategy for moving the bill. The measure is expected to pass the House on Wednesday, but Smith acknowledged that it faces an "uphill climb" in the Senate. And President Obama has threatened to veto the measure if it gets that far.
The bill, H.R. 3, would make permanent the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funding for abortion. It would also ban the use of tax-exempt health savings accounts to pay for the procedure and prohibit any program established under the healthcare reform law from offering private plans that include abortion coverage.
"Abortion is not healthcare," Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) said at a press conference Wednesday.