Rubio Pens Letter Voicing Concerns Regarding Hyde Amendment Violations

Rubio Pens Letter Voicing Concerns Regarding Hyde Amendment Violations

His letter to the OPM comes nearly 2 weeks after the overturn of Roe v. Wade.

Jackson Bakich
Jackson Bakich
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July 5, 2022

On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) penned a letter to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the director, Kiran Ahuja, to voice his concerns about President Joe Biden (D) and his administration’s possible violation of the Hyde Amendment (federal law which prohibits federal funding of abortions).

According to the Rubio press release the OPM “released guidance for federal employees to use sick leave to cross state lines to ‘access medical care.’”

“The Biden Administration’s actions and statements over the last several days are focused on undermining pro-life states and now they are even willing to violate longstanding federal law prohibiting the use of taxpayer monies to fund abortions or abortion services,” Rubio wrote. “The federal government has no business promoting the killing of unborn children. I demand that the agency clarify that the federal government will not provide sick leave for travel related to abortion services.”

Also in the letter, Rubio writes to the OPM stating, “Your newly-released FAQ explicitly notes that ‘an employee may find it necessary to travel longer distances, including out of state, to obtain medical care,’ and ‘[i]n such instances, sick leave may be used to cover necessary travel time.’ It is obvious given the timing of the announcement that the purpose of the OPM guidance is to facilitate federal employees traveling out-of-state to obtain an abortion.”

Following the announcement by the Supreme Court which officially overturned Roe v. Wade after weeks of knowing the likely outcome due to a leaked draft, Rubio expressed his concern on social media.

“The Constitution allows the people of each individual state to decide whether to allow or ban abortion & how it should be regulated via their elected legislators. But leftists are mad because Roe allowed unelected judges to impose a decision they agreed with on the whole country," stated Rubio.

The United States is now officially in the post-Roe era.

Jackson Bakich

Jackson Bakich

Born in Orlando but raised in Lake County, Florida, Jackson Bakich is currently a junior at Florida State University. Growing up in the sunshine state, Bakich co-hosted the political talk radio show "Lake County Roundtable" (WLBE), and was a frequent guest for "Lake County Sports Show" (WQBQ). Currently, he is the co-host of "Tomahawk Talk" (WVFS), a sports talk radio program covering Florida State athletics in Tallahassee.

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