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Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro on Capitol Hill in June. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

House Democrats on Monday advanced a spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services excluding the Hyde Amendment, a provision that bans federal funding for most abortions.

Why it matters: The bill follows President Biden's proposed 2022 budget that would see the lifting of the ban. This is the first time since it became law in 1976 that the Hyde Amendment has been excluded from the spending bill.

The big picture: The amendment disproportionately impacts low-income women and many women of color who receive health coverage through government-sponsored plans like Medicaid.

  • The bill was cleared on Monday by the House Appropriations labor and health and human services subcommittee.

What to watch: It is expected to be approved by the full House panel before going to a vote.

  • It sets up abortion access as a key focus of negotiations on government funding between Democrats and Republicans, who could block the bill in the Senate if there are no changes to the measure.

What they're saying: House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), who has called this legislation a priority, noted on Monday that "this is an issue on which many of us disagree," per The Hill.

  • "But regardless of the original intent of Hyde, it has disproportionately impacted women of color, and it has ultimately led to more unintended pregnancies and later riskier, and more costly abortions," she added.

The other side: Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the subcommittee's top Republican, said the Hyde Amendment needed to be reinstated for the bill to move forward, according to The Hill.

  • "Everyone in this room knows this bill will never pass the United States Senate without their inclusion," he added.

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Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Manchin: "We need to stabilize" Medicare before expanding

Sen. Joe Manchin. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Thursday that Democrats "need to stabilize" Medicare before expanding the program, The Hill reports.

Why it matters: Progressives are hoping to expand Medicare through a broad social spending bill, which Democratic senators have urged Manchin to support. Manchin's vote is critical in passing any Democratic bill in the 50-50 Senate.

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Maybe we can ignore inflation expectations

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Just because we expect inflation to show up, doesn't mean it will. That's the message from an important new paper throwing cold water on a central tenet of monetary economics.

Why it matters: The Fed hikes interest rates when — and only when — it thinks inflation is otherwise going to be too high. That means it needs a formula to determine where it thinks inflation is going to be. But now a senior Fed economist is saying that the key ingredient in that formula "rests on extremely shaky foundations."

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Facebook: Metaverse won't "move fast and break things"

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Facebook on Monday said it will invest $50 million over two years in global research and program partners to ensure its metaverse products "are developed responsibly."

Why it matters: "It's almost the opposite of that now long-abandoned slogan of 'move fast and break things,'" Facebook's VP of global affairs Nick Clegg told Axios in an interview at The Atlantic Festival Monday.