On the Hill with Doug Christian
(Audio: Former Vice President Joe Biden in Atlanta)
Capitol Hill – That was former Vice President Joe Biden speaking at a fundraiser in Atlanta. The Hyde Amendment, first passed in Congress in 1977, is a bill that bars the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape.
Biden had voted for the Amendment in the 1970s and said just last week that he still supported it. Biden’s position on a woman’s right to choose has put him as odds with the Democratic party on this issue for years.
In other news, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expresses surprise that her push for a lifetime ban on former lawmakers’ lobbying would be with one of the most conservative members of congress. She told The Young Turks’s Rebel HQ that “It’s super bizarre, really weird, never thought in my life that one of my first pushes would be alongside Ted Cruz.”
Looking forward, House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) says in a statement that the committee would move forward with a contempt motion against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
Cummings’ statement says, “We gave Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross every opportunity to produce the documents the Committee needs for our investigation, but rather than cooperate, they have decided that they would rather be held in contempt of Congress.”
Cummings added, “They produced none of the documents we asked for, they made no counter-offers regarding these documents, and they seem determined to continue the Trump administration’s cover-up.”
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill