President BidenJoe BidenNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Clyburn predicts Supreme Court contender J. Michelle Childs would get GOP votes Overnight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia MORE indicated Tuesday that he would sign Democrats’ reconciliation bill even if it included the Hyde amendment, a controversial provision that bars federal funds from being used for most abortions.
“I’d sign it either way,” Biden told reporters Tuesday evening when asked if he would sign the bill if the Hyde amendment were included, a demand of Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money — No SALT, and maybe no deal The names to know as Biden mulls Breyer's replacement Poll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats MORE (D-W.Va.). The White House has said that Biden opposes the Hyde amendment.
Manchin’s demand that the amendment be included in the reconciliation package has emerged as a new hurdle in negotiations over the bill.
“Yeah, we’re not taking the Hyde amendment off. Hyde’s going to be on,” Manchin told National Review last week. “It has to be. It has to be. That’s dead on arrival if that’s gone.”
Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOver 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation Desperate Dems signal support for cutting Biden bill down in size Sanders, 50 Democrats unveil bill to send N95 masks to all Americans MORE (D-Wash.), the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said she would not vote for a bill that includes the Hyde amendment.
“The Hyde amendment is something that the majority of the country does not support,” Jayapal said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “One in four women have had an abortion and need to have reproductive care in a very, very important time, when those protections are being rolled back.”
White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Defense & National Security — US delivers written response to Russia Briefing in brief: Biden committed to naming Black woman to Supreme Court Biden signs order criminalizing military sexual harassment MORE reiterated Monday that Biden opposes the Hyde amendment, which prevents Medicaid and other federal programs from covering the costs of abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or when the pregnant person’s life is endangered.
“I'm not going to negotiate the package from here, but, as you know, the president opposes the Hyde amendment,” Psaki told reporters on Monday when asked about Manchin’s demand. “That has not changed.”
Democrats are currently locked in negotiations over the reconciliation package. Manchin has objected to the initial price tag of $3.5 trillion, and Biden has indicated that the overall cost will need to come down in order to appease the senator and other moderates.
In order to pass the bill — which will include a large portion of Biden's economic agenda — all 50 Senate Democrats must vote in favor of the legislation. No Republicans are expected to support it.