Here we go again, with Republicans turning their back on the party and our ideals by siding with the Democrats. This time we have seven Republicans voting for the Democrats’ abortion funding.
Last week, the new Democrat majority in the House of Representatives passed their own version of a spending bill to end the “partial shutdown.”
Naturally, there was no funding for the wall, but what was included was a massive new amount of spending for abortion.
Infuriatingly, seven Republicans crossed the aisle and voted in favor of the Democrats’ evil spending proposal.
Those seven RINOs include:
- Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Penn.
- Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas
- Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y.
- Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
- Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.
- Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.
- Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.
Conservative Review explained why this vote is inexcusable:
The Democrats added language into their funding bill that would repeal the Mexico City Policy, which requires foreign nongovernmental organizations to certify that they will not perform or promote abortions before receiving U.S. aid. As one of his first acts as president, President Donald Trump reinstated the policy after President Barack Obama had ended it. The policy keeps U.S. taxpayers from paying for abortions overseas, and Democrats want it to end.
The Democratic bill also increased spending by an additional $5 million for the United Nations Population Fund, which supports coercive abortions and involuntary sterilization in China.
Without a doubt, pro-life groups came out in stark opposition to this bill.
For instance, Susan B. Anthony List said:
“A strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. She added that reversing the Mexico City policy would make “taxpayers complicit in the exportation of abortion and destruction of countless unborn children around the world. This is unconscionable and we oppose the bill in the strongest terms.”
The bill passed with a 241 to 190 vote. But it is a dead letter in the Senate.
Conservative Review had it right:
There’s an important point to be made about those seven House Republicans who voted for the Democrat bill. This is why the Democratic Party is so successful at defeating conservative policies while the Republican party is dysfunctional. Even in the minority, Democrats were uniformly opposed to Trump’s immigration policies. Even after he won the 2016 election, not one “moderate” Democrat crossed party lines to support the wall or increased border security — even though Democrats once supported those policies. But Republicans can’t even rally around the conservative parts of Trump’s agenda completely.
Yep. Exactly right.
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