Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters during her weekly news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Democrats have been doing everything they can to politicize the Wuhan coronavirus against President Donald Trump instead of concentrating on doing what’s best for the country at this time and pulling together.
Listen to what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on March 3 about how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had delayed a vote on the virus prior to Super Tuesday in order to be able to campaign against Republicans in seven districts.
What a scam—Speaker Pelosi held up the vote on coronavirus funding so that her campaign team could run ads against Republicans for Super Tuesday.
Instead of putting America first, she is putting politics first. pic.twitter.com/ws0nn0hUXP
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 3, 2020
But now, according to multiple senior White House officials, Pelosi was trying to slip in a loophole to the Hyde Amendment and create a potential way to have federal funding for abortion in the virus stimulus plan.
From Daily Caller:
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.”
One official called the provision in question a “slush fund,” another blasted it saying what did it have to do with protecting Americans from the virus?
How wrong is that? Here’s a bill that she knows people want so she’s trying to tack on things, knowing that when Republicans object, she’ll cry, “They don’t care about the American people and the virus.”
McCarthy said he would propose a new bill within the next 48 hours that didn’t have the issues instead and of course Pelosi went right to the ploy response.
Q: Would House Dems stay if compromise isn't reached on the coronavirus response bill in the next 24-48 hours?@SpeakerPelosi: "We don't need 48 hours, we need to just make a decision to help families right now… I'm not sticking around bc they don't want to agree to language" pic.twitter.com/6B2V3cPxk6
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 12, 2020
“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.”
Imagine someone playing games like this with the lives of Americans. She’s just going to blow everyone off unless she gets what she wants that has nothing to do with the virus or helping people.
This is just despicable.
This kind of shit is why Americans don't trust politicians.
We're in the middle of a crisis and Pelosi and Democrats are trying to sneak through $1B in fu**ing abortion money. https://t.co/hk9Fd5dI8j
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) March 12, 2020
Getting reports that @SpeakerPelosi is trying to slip abortions funds into the proposed emergency stimulus package.
It’s despicable that at a time of national crisis, Pelosi is attempting to trick Americans into paying for the deaths of babies. #CoronavirusPandemic
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) March 12, 2020
Nancy Pelosi is trying to secure taxpayer funded abortions as part of the COVID-19 stimulus. Don't try to tell me Democrats aren't politicizing this.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) March 12, 2020
According to the Daily Caller, Pelosi hadn’t responded to their inquiries about the report prior their press time.