Speaker Pelosi tried to shoehorn in a Hyde Amendment provision that actually circumvents the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions.
“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.”
A second White House official referred to the provision as a “slush fund” and yet another questioned “what the Hyde Amendment and abortion have to do with protecting Americans from coronavirus?”
The sneaky provision was eventually removed and Speaker Pelosi may try to push a separate bill to the House floor at a later date.
Presenting a bold face to the public, Speaker Pelosi seemed undaunted by this “setback.”
“Families have needs,” she stated. “We don’t need 48 hours. We need to just make a decision to help families right now. “I’m not sticking around because they don’t want to agree to language,” Pelosi said of Congress’s upcoming recess week. “Right now we have to find our common ground, work together, to get this done as soon as possible.”
She has so far resisted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s call for a new stimulus bill to be drafted.
Trump says he doesn't support the House bill offered by Democrats for coronavirus relief despite widespread need for immediate relief and stability: "It's not a way for them to get some of the goodies that they haven't been able to get for the last 25 years." pic.twitter.com/IdvsnAernb
— The American Independent (@AmerIndependent) March 12, 2020