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