In a shameless act of politics as usual for democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to cram an abortion “slush fund” into the coronavirus bill, basically using the global ‘emergency’ as an excuse to tack on “goodies” democrats haven’t been able to pass “in 25 years.”
The political trickery was quickly identified and rejected.
White House officials spoke to the Daily Caller, which reported:
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.
“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?”
Pelosi and Mnuchin were engaged in negotiations Thursday morning to finalize the text of the legislation.
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.
Despite Trump’s assurance that he would sign any stimulus bill that Congress approved, several Republicans rejected the stimulus offered by Pelosi and Mnuchin.
Pelosi pushed back on that suggestion during her Thursday press conference.
“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.”
Speaker Pelosi says lawmakers should “save it for another day” if they have complaints about the coronavirus response bill: “We don’t need 48 hours. We need to just make a decision to help families right now … in an emergency status where we have to get the job done” pic.twitter.com/Ek1QeksXZ6
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Pelosi’s office did not respond to a request for comment by publication time.
Pelosi’s remarks remind many people of the truth about democrats: whatever they say, the opposite is true.
When the package was release on Wednesday night, the president clearly stated he did not support it.
When asked by reporters if he supported the bill, Trump replied, “No, because there are things that are in there that have nothing to do with what we are talking about.”
Pelosi and House Democrats rushed to release a bill on Wednesday night at 11:00 p.m. that was about 124 pages long. The bill did not address issues that the president asked for, including a payroll tax cut. But Trump indicated that Democrats were using the crisis to push through partisan proposals.
“It’s not a way for them to get some of the goodies that they haven’t been able to get for the past 25 years,” Trump said.
Speaker Pelosi said Thursday during a press conference that it was imperative to get a bill passed as soon as possible to help American families suffering the economic disruption.
But negotiations continue, as Pelosi said that she was continuing to speak to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.