On July 19, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Labor/HHS bill (H.R. 3358). The text includes longstanding pro-life policy amendments: Hyde, Weldon, and Dickey-Wicker.
During committee markup, the following were also addressed:
The Conscience Protection Act: The bill contains the language of the Conscience Protection Act (CPA) that was previously passed by the House in 2016. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) offered an amendment to remove the CPA from the bill. The Wasserman Schultz amendment failed 21-29.
Prohibition on Planned Parenthood Funding: The text of the bill includes a provision (Sec. 529) that would prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving funding under the scope of the bill. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Rep. Katherine Clarke (D-CA) each offered separate amendments to strike the prohibition. The Lee amendment failed on a voice vote and the Clarke amendment was defeated 23-27.
Title X Funding: The bill would bar funding to Planned Parenthood through the Title X family planning program. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) offered an amendment to restore the Title X funding. The Lowey amendment failed 23-27.
HHS Contraceptive Mandate: An amendment to block funding for the implementation of any new rule that would provide relief from the HHS mandate was offered by Rep. Lowey. The amendment failed 22-29.
Fetal Tissue Research: Section 528 of the bill contains a ban on funding of research using fetal tissue if the tissue was obtained through an induced abortion. This provision was included upon the recommendation of the House Select Panel on Infant Lives which found evidence of unethical practices such as trafficking in fetal parts by abortion providers and fetal tissue procurement companies.
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) offered an amendment to remove the funding ban. The Pocan amendment failed in a voice vote.