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House Appropriations Bill Would Continue D.C. Abortion-Funding Ban

House Appropriations Bill Would Continue D.C. Abortion-Funding Ban

July 10, 2013 — The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a fiscal 2014 spending bill for Washington, D.C., that would continue to bar the district from using local tax revenue to fund abortions for low-income women, the Washington Post reports.

The abortion provision is among several social policy "riders" included in the $636 million appropriations bill for the district, according to the Post.

The advocacy group DC Vote on Tuesday said it would urge committee members to oppose the bill's riders. The group was among 50 organizations that last week sent a letter to members of Congress asking them to keep nonessential provisions out of the legislation.

DC Vote Executive Director Kimberly Perry said lawmakers are "using the people of the District of Columbia to advance a narrow social policy agenda in direct opposition with our local priorities."

A subcommittee is scheduled to mark up the bill on Wednesday, but it's unclear how far the measure will advance on its own. In recent years, the bill has been added to continuing resolutions or omnibus measures (Pershing, Washington Post, 7/9).