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NATIONAL POLITICS & POLICY | House Approves Spending Bill Allowing D.C. To Use Locally Raised Funds for Abortion Services

NATIONAL POLITICS & POLICY | House Approves Spending Bill Allowing D.C. To Use Locally Raised Funds for Abortion Services
[July 17, 2009]

The House on Thursday voted 219-208 to approve a fiscal year 2010 Financial Services spending bill (HR 3170), which includes a provision reversing a long-standing congressional ban on allowing Washington, D.C., to use locally derived revenue to fund or subsidize abortion services, the AP/Washington Post reports (AP/Washington Post, 7/17). The measure maintains a ban on using federal funds for abortion services in the district.

According to CQ Today, Thursday's vote followed a "lengthy and sometimes heated debate" marked by Republicans and some moderate Democrats' dissatisfaction with a rule restricting amendments. The House voted 216-213 to approve the rule, which allowed 17 amendments but excluded any on the D.C. abortion funding provision (Clarke, CQ Today, 7/16).