Graham: “I Could Not Disagree More” with Nominee for Deputy OMB Director’s Statement on Hyde Amendment

Votes in favor of Young nomination in committee, withholding final support pending follow up question

WASHINGTON – Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today voted in committee to advance Shalanda Young’s nomination for Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, but would withhold final support on the Senate floor until Ms. Young answers a follow up question regarding her position on the Hyde Amendment.

“I voted in support of Ms. Young in committee with the understanding she must answer an additional question about her position on the Hyde Amendment. 

“While everyone has a right to their own opinion, it is policy and the implementation of policy that matters most to me.

“However, I could not disagree more with Ms. Young’s statement that she felt repealing the Hyde Amendment – which prohibits taxpayer dollars for abortion except in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother – would lead to social justice.

“What will matter to me is whether or not Ms. Young understands that a Biden Administration regulation trying to change Hyde protections, which are statutory in nature, must fail because the statute supersedes a regulation. 

“In her statement to Senator Hawley, Ms. Young said she would implement the law as signed. My question is quite simple: do you understand that a regulation changing Hyde is unlawful because Hyde is a statutory provision?

“I look forward to Ms. Young’s response.”