Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04), released the following statement in support of an amendment offered by Congressman Alan Nunnelee (MS-01) to the FY13 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations during today's full Committee markup. The amendment expands an existing prohibition that restricts the Federal Employees Health Benefits program from proving coverage for abortions to include multi-state health insurance programs administered by the federal government under ObamaCare. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 28-20.
"The amendment offered by my friend Mr. Nunnelee from Mississippi today simply applies the current prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortions for federal employee health programs to all of the health insurance plans that the government administers, including those that may be created under the President's new health care law," said Aderholt.
"The bottom line is taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund abortions and I am pleased this amendment passed and will be included in the bill going forward. We cannot just rely on Executive Order's from the President that are inconsistent and can be rescinded at any time."
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Agriculture Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.