Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services Appropriations

On July 7, 2016 the House passed the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services Appropriations bill (H.R. 5985). In committee and on the floor, various proposals related to pro-life concerns were addressed:

  • D.C. Abortion Funding:  The bill incorporated the text of the longstanding Hyde Amendment that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion in the District of Columbia.  In committee, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) offered an amendment removing the Hyde language and replacing it with text allowing taxpayer funding. The Quigley amendment was defeated 20-28.
  • Abortion Coverage Prohibition in Multi-State Plans: In committee, Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) offered an amendment prohibiting the Office of Personnel  Management (OPM) from contracting for plans covering  abortion in multi-state health plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Harris amendment passed 30-17.
  • Repeal of D.C. Budget Autonomy Law:  If D.C.’s Budget Autonomy law was successfully enacted, this could threaten the D.C. Hyde amendment.  The FY 2017 Financial Services bill contained language which would repeal D.C.’s Budget Autonomy Law.  In committee, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) offered an amendment to strike this language. The Serrano amendment failed on a voice vote. On the floor, an amendment by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) to strike the repeal language was defeated 182-yes, 238-no (Roll Call 370). “No” was a pro-life vote.
  • Abortion Funding in Federal Employees Health Benefits  Program (FEHBP): The longstanding Smith amendment prohibits abortion funding in the FEHBP.  During floor consideration, an amendment offered by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) to strike the Smith amendment was defeated 177-yes, 245-no (Roll Call 364). “No” was pro-life vote.
  • RHNDA Funding Prohibition:On the floor, an amendment by Rep. Gary Palmer (R-AL) to block funds for enforcement of D.C.’s Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act  (RHNDA) passed 223-yes, 192-no (Roll Call 390). “Yes” was a pro-life vote.