An elected official, who is responsible for making sure House Democrats approve legislation, allegedly tried to secure taxpayer money for pregnancy termination service providers.
Senior White House representatives have accused Nancy Pelosi of trying to use the coronavirus economic stimulus plan to guarantee federal funding for abortion.
Multiple officials told the Daily Caller the Democratic House speaker lobbied for “several” changes to include up to $1 billion to reimburse laboratory claims during talks with Republican Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
They warned such health expenditure would not fall under the protection of the Hyde Amendment, which bans medical clinics from carrying out abortion procedures with taxpayer funds. The Democrats have pressured the Trump administration to remove the requirement since the incumbent president was elected back in 2016.
“A new mandatory funding stream that does not have Hyde protections would be unprecedented,” one of the officials 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 backward but [also] goes against historical norms.”
Other White House officials have described the amount as a “slush fund” and cannot understand what the Hyde Amendment and abortion have to do with “protecting Americans from coronavirus.”
Pelosi defended the changes by claiming they were prioritizing the interests of families.
“It is about putting people and families first, so everybody could have a complaint about this or that but save it for another day,” she told a press conference according to a video posted to Twitter. “We can have an after action review about how we got into this situation, save it for another day.”
The House speaker believes she has been much more cooperative than usual.
“We are agreeing to much of what they have,” she said. “Look first of all [Sen.] Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called me and said you work with him, the secretary … now the House is saying they are not in the loop. We sent them the language, it is not about that.”
The Hyde Amendment provision was ultimately removed from the stimulus plan and will be voted on in the House as a separate bill according to the Daily Caller.
President Donald Trump has promised to sign any stimulus bill approved by Congress but several Republicans continue to reject the stimulus offered by Pelosi and Mnuchin.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced he will completely oppose Pelosi’s plan and would prefer to spend the next 48 hours drafting a new proposal.