Sen. Johnson Joins Sen. Wicker, Colleagues in Introducing Bill to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding for Abortions
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) joined U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and 45 of their Republican colleagues in introducing the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. The legislation establishes a permanent prohibition on federal funding for abortion, replacing the current restrictions with a single, government-wide standard.
For over 40 years, inconsistent and haphazard set of policies have regulated federal funding for abortion. This legislation would make permanent the restrictions on funding for elective abortion and elective abortion coverage, including the protections of the Hyde Amendment, which currently rely on yearly approval.
Earlier this year, Sen. Johnson joined his colleagues in a letter to Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer pledging to block any legislation that would undermine existing pro-life protections or weaken the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for abortion. The senators renewed their commitment for fiscal year 2023.
Sens. Johnson and Wicker were joined on the legislation by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Thune (R-S.D.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), John Kennedy (R-La.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) and Todd Young (R-Ind.).
The full text of the bill can be found here.