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Wed Jan 9, 2019, 01:57 PM

Dems Take Aim at Trump's Global Gag Rule in Bill to Reopen the Federal Government

They hit the ground running - experience pays off.

The language in House Democrats’ Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, sponsored by House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey (D-NY),“would get rid of the ban on funding to organizations that merely promote abortion,” as BuzzFeed News’ Ema O’Connor first reported. It would ensure that “a foreign nongovernmental organization … shall not be ineligible for assistance appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act solely on the basis of health or medical services, including counseling and referral services.” The measure passed late on Thursday by a 241-190 vote, with all Democrats and seven Republicans voting in favor.

With little likelihood that Lowey’s original spending bill will make it through the Republican-majority U.S. Senate or the White House, Democrats are instead aiming to pass a series of shorter appropriations bills that fund individual agencies. Lowey on Sunday released text for four of those bills, and a spokesperson for her office told Rewire.News on Tuesday that a bill covering State and Foreign Operations—where the global gag rule-related language would be found—“is not among the individual bills that will be considered in the House this week.”

“Congresswoman Lowey will absolutely continue to fight for a permanent repeal of the Global Gag Rule, and will introduce legislation to do just that—the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act—in the next few weeks,” the spokesperson said.


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