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H.R. 7 & S.184 – The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, would bar federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life were threatened. In effect, the measure would apply the Hyde amendment’s abortion funding restriction to the operations of the entire federal government.

Currently, the Hyde amendment applies only to money authorized through the Department of Health and Human Services and it must be renewed every year by Congress. By writing the abortion funding restriction into federal law, H.R. 7 would end the need for Congress to approve the Hyde amendment – as well as all other abortion funding restrictions – annually. Further, it would extend the ban on abortion spending to areas not currently covered, such as Obamacare.

The House version of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is H.R. 7; the Senate version is S. 184. The two bills are identical.

Text

The text of H.R. 7 is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22abortion%22%5D%7D&r=1

The text of S. 184 is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/184/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22abortion%22%5D%7D&r=2

Co-Sponsors

H.R. 7 is sponsored by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4). A list of co-sponsors is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/7/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22abortion%22%5D%7D&r=1

S. 184 is sponsored by Senator Roger Wicker (MS). A list of co-sponsors is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/184/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22abortion%22%5D%7D&r=2

Status of H.R. 7

1-3-17 H.R. 7 introduced in the House of Representatives.

1-13-17 Referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

1-13-17 Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means.

1-13-17 Referred to House Committee on the Judiciary.

1-24-17 Passed the House, 238-183 (roll call vote available at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2017/roll065.xml)

Status of S. 184

1-20-17 S. 184 introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Finance

Statements on H.R. 7

1-24-17 Press release from Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-4) is available at http://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400069

1-24-17 Press release from House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-1) is available at http://www.speaker.gov/press-release/house-passes-hyde-amendment

1-24-17 Video of Congresswoman Diane Black (TN-6) making opening statement in floor debate of H.R. 7 is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPpHJwbaTK4&feature=youtu.be

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