In a move most leftist “news” media sites appear to have overlooked during the recent “Coronavirus Emergency Funding” battle between President Trump and the Dems in D.C., White House sources report that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tried to slip funding for abortionists into the bill.
Speaking to the Daily Caller, those officials alleged that while negotiating the stimulus with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Pelosi tried to lobby for “several” provisions that stalled bipartisan commitment to the effort. One was a mandate for up to $1 billion to reimburse laboratory claims, which White House officials say would set a precedent of health spending without protections outlined in the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment, which is routinely attached to federal spending bills after a 2017 effort by the House failed to make the bipartisan law permanent, blocks federal funds from being used for elective abortions. Democrats have pushed since 2016 to repeal the amendment and open up federal funding for abortions nationwide.
According to White House officials, Pelosi's version of the coronavirus response bill didn't include a Hyde provision, meaning it would have instead created a "slush fund" freeing up taxpayer dollars for abortions under the emergency spending bill.
“A new mandatory funding stream that does not have Hyde protections would be unprecedented,” one White House official explained. “Under the guise of protecting people, Speaker Pelosi is working to make sure taxpayer dollars are spent covering abortion — which is not only backwards, but goes against historical norms.”
Though the original claims were based on "White House officials," Datoc observes:
Politico confirmed after this article went to press that the Hyde Amendment provision was eventually removed from the stimulus later on Thursday and will hit the House floor as a separate bill.
So, whether it was Pelosi or some other extremely classy cat, someone in Congress tried to use the coronavirus panic to get around a statutory block against federal funding for abortion clinics.
But pay no attention. According to Pelosi, "Families have needs. 'We don’t need 48 hours. We need to just make a decision to help families right now."
"Right now we have to find our common ground, work together, to get this done as soon as possible," she blustered.
The classic nonsense of a person for whom the barriers of the Constitution appear to be utterly worthless.