President Joe Biden informed reporters on Tuesday that he plans to sign the Congressional reconciliation bill even if it contains the Hyde Amendment, according to The Daily Caller.
Conservatives have been staunchly supporting the amendment because of its ability to ban federal funding for most abortion procedures. Democrats have made the controversial amendment a sticking point for their votes.
“I want to get the bill passed,” Biden told reporters Tuesday. “I’d sign it either way.”
That is not the opinion of many Democrats, however, including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin who told National Review last week that the bill is “dead on arrival” without the amendment.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) took the opposite stance, saying that she will not sign a bill that includes the amendment, echoing the seriousness of the issue amongst progressives.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had another opinion from the president, telling reporters Monday that Biden opposed the amendment and that his opinion has “not changed,” though she was not ready to address Manchin’s comments.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durban hasn’t made a statement either way on whether he would sign the bill, but did say he’s “concerned” about blocking taxpayer dollars from going toward abortions.
Durbin said on CNN on Sunday that he’s seen countless “major pieces of legislation founder on this issue” through his considerable Senate career:
“I don’t want to say anything now to jeopardize the negotiations, but I hope that we’ll keep in perspective that what we’re trying to do is going to have a positive impact on families and children,” Durbin said.
“And we should move toward that goal together. We’ve got to find ways to deal with this issue, honestly, but I hope it is not the decisive issue when it comes to the future of this package.”