WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Trump administration short-circuited Democrats' attempt to sneak abortion funding into the coronavirus stimulus plan.
Senior White House officials allege that while negotiating the stimulus with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to lobby for "several" provisions that stalled the bipartisan commitment to the bill. One of them was a mandate for up to $1 billion to reimburse laboratory claims, which White House officials claim would set a precedent of health spending without protections that are outlined in the Hyde Amendment. One official described the proposal as a "slush fund." The Hyde Amendment, renewed by President Trump, restricts federal funds from supporting abortion.
Kevin McCarthy, House Minority Leader — along with other Republicans — criticized Pelosi for stalling the $8.3 billion coronavirus bill, which should have been a bipartisan public safety measure unrelated to left-wing priorities. He called for drafting a separate proposal from scratch. President Trump said he could not sign the bill as long as there were "things in there that have nothing to do with things we are talking about," like abortion.
Regarding the logjam she had engineered, Pelosi said "Families have needs. 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' upcoming recess week. "Right now we have to find our common ground, work together, to get this done as soon as possible."
Democrats in the U.S. House are reportedly not happy about their plan failing but are apparently conceding on that front for the time being. Pelosi and Trump later settled on a plan acceptable to both sides, and the bill passed the House on March 13.
Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said of what transpired, "While schools are closing and hospitals are gearing up, Speaker Pelosi is waging unnecessary culture wars. Speaker Pelosi should be fighting the coronavirus pandemic, not politicizing emergency funding by fighting against the bipartisan Hyde Amendment."
Sasse added with apparent frustration, "We need to be ramping up our diagnostic testing, not waging culture wars at the behest of Planned Parenthood. Good grief."
Meanwhile, another narrative has been communicated across the mainstream media. vice.com stated on its website, "anti-choice lawmakers insisted on including language in the legislation that would reaffirm the principles of the [Hyde] amendment." On rewire.news the headline was "In Coronavirus Funding Talks, Trump's Anti-Abortion Extremism Is Laid Bare." Mediamatters led with "Right-wing media and abortion opponents hype misinformation about the coronavirus spending bill." And NBC News says "distrustful negotiators look for ways to advance their own priorities."
Pelosi's office did not respond to a request for comment By Daily Caller. Pro-life activists are thanking the Trump administration for holding firm on this issue and are expressing relief in having in the White House what many consider to be the most pro-life president in America's history.