The Daily Caller got in touch with White House officials who, anonymously, have alleged that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was trying to include federal funding for abortion as part of the coronavirus stimulus plan.
When the Daily Caller caught got someone to go on record, it was Steve Mnuchin who spoke out:
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.
Many people might be thinking what do abortion and coronavirus have to do with each other? Well, to explain that, sometimes spending budgets get passed only because they've increased to include other non-related things. It appears that both sides bargain with each other and slip other things into big spending budgets, many things that normal citizens may not be paying attention to or ever notice.
Daily Caller's report continued:
“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.”
Pelosi's desires were labeled as a "slush fund" by another White House official. Someone else also asked the same question we did; “what the Hyde Amendment and abortion have to do with protecting Americans from coronavirus?”
Absolutely nothing is that answer.
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The bits about the Hyde Amendment were removed from the coronavirus stimulus package and will become their own bill.
Keep in mind, the original request for the coronavirus spending was much less than what was given. That's because as the politicians keep talking, they keep throwing more into it.
Where does that money come from?