Here's how House Republicans are kicking off their legislative term in the majority: Yesterday, a theatrical vote to repeal health care reform. Today, the "No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act." Priorities!
We knew it was coming, of course, buoyed by the new regime: The chairman of the Energy Committee health panel, Rep. Joseph Pitts, and Chris Smith and Dan Lipinksi, the co-chairs of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. (An identically-named bill was introduced in July but it never went anywhere.) If you're keeping track, there isn't currently taxpayer funding for abortion, thanks to the Hyde Amendment. Never mind; the act seeks to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. Here's the pro-choice response: