March 13, 2020

White House Officials Say Pelosi Tried to Include Abortion Funding in Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

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Several White House officials told the Daily Caller Thursday that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi attempted to include a provision that would provide federal funding for abortion while circumventing the Hyde Amendment.

The provision in question would mandate up to $1 billion to reimburse "laboratory claims" which White House officials say would provide federal taxpayer dollars to abortion clinics while going around the Hyde Amendment, which normally blocks all federal funding to abortion clinics.

“A new mandatory funding stream that does not have Hyde protections would be unprecedented,” a White House official told the Daily Caller. “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.”

Politico later confirmed that the Hyde Amendment provision was causing deadlock on the stimulus bill, and the pro-abortion language was eventually removed. It is still planned to go to the House floor as a separate bill, however.

Afterward, pro-abortion politicians hit the media circuit, telling the country that pro-life politicians were slowing down the government's coronavirus response by arguing about pro-life issues during a crisis.
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