Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Services Appropriations

On July 13, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Services bill (H.R. 3280).  Various proposals related to pro-life concerns were addressed:

Repeal of D.C. Assisted Suicide Law: Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) offered an amendment to repeal D.C.’s assisted suicide law which is scheduled to be fully implemented beginning October 1, 2017. The amendment was approved 28-24.

D.C. Abortion Funding: Under the longstanding D.C. Hyde amendment, taxpayer funding of abortions is prohibited in the District of Columbia. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) offered an amendment to remove this prohibition. The Lee amendment was defeated 23-29.

Abortion Coverage Prohibition in Multi-State Plans: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administers healthcare plans under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), as well as Multi-State healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Existing policy prohibits the funding of abortion in the FEHB plans. Language in the FY 2018 bill would extend the prohibitions to the Multi-State plans. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-CA) offered an amendment to the strike the new Multi-State plan prohibition. The Lowey amendment failed 21-31.