USCCB lauds House committee votes on abortion, vouchers
Catholic World News - June 22, 2012
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) praised the House Appropriations Committee for recent votes on abortion and school voucher funding.
“In considering the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, the Committee voted 28-to-20 to keep elective abortions out of all ‘multi-state plans’ made available across the country under the Affordable Care Act,” explains Jayd Hendricks, director of the USCCB Office of Government Relations, in discussing the committee’s approval of an amendment proposed by Rep. Alan Nunnellee (R-MS) . “By a vote of 26 to 21, the Committee also rejected an attempt to weaken the longstanding ban on use of federally appropriated funds for abortions in the District of Columbia.”
“Finally, we applaud the Committee's appropriation of the full $60,000,000 for D.C. schools authorized under the Scholarship for Opportunities and Results Act (SOAR),” he added. “The funds will be evenly divided among public schools, charter schools, and the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program assisting low-income D.C. residents who wish to attend private schools.”
“We urge both House and Senate to ensure that these important provisions are retained in the final appropriations act.”
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