Pelosi Tried to Sneak Hyde Amendment Loophole Into Coronavirus Funding Package

  • 2020-03-13
  • Source: TTN
  • by: TTN Staff
Pelosi Tried to Sneak Hyde Amendment Loophole Into Coronavirus Funding Package
Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]
 
Nancy Pelosi reportedly tried to sneak a Hyde Amendment loophole into the funding package for the response to coronavirus.

This loophole would have made it possible for federal tax dollars to fund abortions.

According to The Daily Caller:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to include a potential way to guarantee federal funding for abortion into the coronavirus economic stimulus plan, according to multiple senior White House officials.

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 blocks clinics that perform abortions from receiving federal funding, and Democrats have pushed the Trump administration to end it since he was elected in 2016.

“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.”

The Hyde amendment provision will go to the House floor as a separate bill after being rejected by Trump administration negotiators.

 Source: TTN

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