Senate Conservatives Ask Appropriators to Hold the Line on Life Protections

May 22, 2019

WASHINGTON – Twenty-five conservative senators sent a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday, asking the committee to preserve all existing pro-life and religious freedom protections in all future appropriations bills produced by the committee.

“The unborn are the most vulnerable members of our society, yet they are under attack,” the letter reads. “In 2015 alone, 638,169 unborn children lost their lives to abortion. This is a terrible tragedy, and we must continue to prevent federal funding from supporting the unjust practice of elective abortion.”

The letter also asks the Appropriations committee not to weaken any of the pro-life or religious liberty actions taken by the Trump administration. “President Trump has committed to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life Federal policies and laws. Similarly, we remain committed to ensuring that no such legislation ever makes it to the President’s desk and will carefully review each appropriations bill to verify that they preserve pro-life and religious liberty protections that the Senate’s pro-life majority has supported for decades.”

The 25 senators who signed the letter include: Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Steve Daines (R-MT), Michael Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), James Inhofe (R-OK), James Lankford (R-OK), Mike Lee (R-UT), Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), James Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Michael Rounds (R-SD), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Rick Scott (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).