House Dems to push Pelosi for vote on bill that would allow federal funding of abortion

House Dems to push Pelosi for vote on bill that would allow federal funding of abortion
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Abortion rights leaders in Congress will ask House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiRisk-averse Republicans are failing the republic The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight Trump, Saturday Night Live and why autocrats can't take a joke MORE (D-Calif.) to hold a vote on a bill that would allow abortion coverage to receive federal funding. 

The bill would repeal a long-standing ban on abortion coverage in federal health programs like Medicaid. 

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"It's just important as we move forward that we pass legislation that honors women's reproductive health and their decisions rather than punishing poor women and federal employees," said Rep. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — FDA issues proposal to limit sales of flavored e-cigs | Trump health chief gets grilling | Divisions emerge over House drug pricing bills | Dems launch investigation into short-term health plans Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Dems push Pelosi on bill allowing federal funding of abortion | Key Republican says Dems left him out of drug pricing talks | Court upholds Ohio law to defund Planned Parenthood | Trump taps acting FDA chief House Dems to push Pelosi for vote on bill that would allow federal funding of abortion MORE (D-Colo.), a sponsor of the bill and co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. 

Pelosi hasn't said if she will call the bill for a vote on the floor, but she supports expanding access to abortion. 

DeGette said she will ask Pelosi about holding committee and floor votes on the bill.

The Hyde Amendment, which bans abortion coverage in federal health insurance programs, was first attached to a spending bill in 1976. It has been upheld every year since, blocking Medicaid, the Indian Health Service, Medicare and the Children's Health Insurance Program from funding abortions. 

Democrats argue that the ban disproportionately impacts low-income women who rely on Medicaid for health care. 

The bill likely won't pass the Senate, where Republicans have a majority, but if it gets a vote in the lower chamber, it would mark the first time the House has ever voted to repeal the Hyde Amendment.