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Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin reportedly said Thursday that he would back the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of federal funds for abortions.

“I’m going to support Hyde in every way possible,” the senator reportedly told Bloomberg reporter Alex Ruoff. (RELATED: Manchin: Becerra Will ‘Uphold The Law’ On Hyde)

Manchin announced in March that he would vote to confirm pro-abortion Xavier Becerra as Health and Human Services secretary, noting that Becerra had promised to “uphold the law” on the Hyde Amendment.

“He committed to me that he will uphold the law in regards to the Hyde Amendment,” Manchin said in a March statement. “I believe Attorney General Becerra will be a leader for every American and West Virginian, and I will vote to confirm him as Secretary of Health and Human Services.”

President Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to repeal the Hyde Amendment, and his assurances are backed by Democratic leadership and pro-abortion advocates pushing to axe the amendment from acts of Congress.

Biden, who formerly said he was opposed to abortion as a Catholic, supported the Hyde Amendment up until June 2019. At the time, presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, along with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and then-Sen. Kamala Harris, had pledged to repeal the Hyde Amendment should they become president in 2020.

Manchin’s stance would likely block a spending bill in committee if it doesn’t include the ban on federal funds for abortion except in the case of rape, incest and to save the life of the woman.

Senate Appropriations Committee is evenly divided between D’s and R’s.

— Jack Fitzpatrick ☘️ (@jackfitzdc) June 10, 2021

Biden’s campaign confirmed to NBC on June 5, 2019, that though he supported Roe v. Wade, he still supported Hyde. The statement was greeted with strong backlash from pro-abortion groups, left-wing activists, and fellow candidates.

The National Abortion Rights Action League spoke out against Biden’s stance, saying it “further endangers” those “facing enormous hurdles” in obtaining abortion. (RELATED: Pro-Life Leaders Condemn ‘Devout Catholic’ Biden Over His Vow To ‘Codify’ Roe V. Wade)

Within 24 hours of reaffirming his support for Hyde, Biden announced on June 6, 2019, that he could “no longer support an amendment” that cuts off abortion funding. The former vice president cited attacks on abortion legislation from GOP lawmakers as a reason for his switch.

Vice President Kamala Harris formerly attacked Biden for his flip during the July Democratic presidential primary debate, pointing out that Biden only changed his stance on Hyde after he began running for president.

“Why did it take you so long to change your position on the Hyde Amendment?” Harris asked Biden. “Why did it take so long until you were running for president to change your position on the Hyde Amendment?”

“Because there was not full, federal funding for all reproductive services prior to this point,” Biden responded.

Manchin did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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Politico: Democrats Watering Down Gun Control to Gain GOP Support

Politico reports that Democrats are looking for ways to water down their proposals in hopes of getting Republican support on a piece of gun control legislation.

This means shifting from universal background checks to a scenario “increasing the number of online and gun show transactions covered by federal background checks.”

The threshold — i.e., the number of gun sales required to treat a private seller as a licensed sell, thereby requiring a background check — remains unannounced.

Vice President Kamala Harris used a similar approach when campaigning for the presidency. On April 22, 2019, the New York Times  noted Harris’ plan to “sign an executive order mandating background checks for customers of any firearms dealer who sells more than five guns a year.”

Politico explained that Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) believes he might be able pull sufficient Republican support by watering down the gun control measuring currently languishing in the Senate. The outlet mentioned Murphy is talking with Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about “some ideas that would involve the expansion of background checks without getting all the way to universal.”

On April 20, 2021, Breitbart News pointed to a Politico report indicating Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was talking to Murphy about “common ground” on gun control.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him at [email protected] You can sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

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