Rep. Chuck Fleischmann Joins Appropriations Committee Republicans to Defend the Hyde and Weldon Amendments to Save Lives

Washington, DC – Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (TN-03) joined House Appropriations Committee Republicans to fight to uphold the Hyde Amendment and the Weldon Amendment that have been enshrined in law by bipartisan lawmakers and administrations for 40-years.

A statement from Rep. Fleischmann defending the Hyde and Weldon Amendments is below:

“I rise today in support of this amendment – inclusion of the longstanding Hyde and Weldon provisions.

“This is not a partisan issue. The fact of the matter is that many taxpayers on both sides of the aisle oppose abortion for religious reasons, and it is unconscionable to use their taxpayer dollars for that very purpose.

“The Hyde and Weldon Amendments have been included in every single appropriations bill for over 40-years, and there is a reason for that. Americans shouldn’t have to violate their deeply held moral and religious beliefs in order to fund abortions. 

“Likewise, we shouldn’t force healthcare professionals to participate in performing elective abortions if it goes against their religious beliefs.

“There are many things that we can compromise on in this bill, but the inclusion of the Hyde and Weldon provisions is non-negotiable.

“For that reason, I encourage Members of the House Appropriations Committee to support H.R. 18, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would codify the Hyde Amendment and protect the sanctity of life.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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