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

H.R. 7, 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 is threatened. In effect, the measure would apply the Hyde amendment’s abortion funding restriction to the entire federal budget, including Obamacare.

The Hyde amendment applies only to money authorized through the Department of Health and Human Services. It and other abortion funding amendments must be renewed every year by Congress. H.R. 7 would eliminate almost all abortion spending by all federal departments and agencies and, by writing the restriction into law, eliminate the need for Congress to approve the Hyde amendment and other pro-life funding restrictions annually.

Text

The text of H.R. 7 is available at https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/7/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr7%22%5D%7D

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/114th-congress/house-bill/7/cosponsors?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22hr7%22%5D%7D

Status

1-21-15 H.R. 7 introduced in the House of Representatives.

1-21-15 Referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

1-21-15 Referred to House Committee on Ways and Means.

1-21-15 Referred to House Committee on the Judiciary.

1-21-15 House Rules Committee adopted a resolution allowing one hour of floor debate on H.R. 7. No amendments will be offered to the bill under the terms of the resolution.

1-22-15 House passes H.R. 7 by a 242-179 vote.

Statements

1-22-15 Video of Congressman Chris Smith’s floor statement prior to the House vote on H.R. 7 may be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAeRYCl0noU&index=1&list=PLytHy7PQxOT4a9IWyGdhhc8NF34Pdam-V

1-22-15 Statement by Congressman Chris Smith upon passage of H.R. 7 by the House may be found at http://chrissmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=397841

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