It’s a good thing the Democrats didn’t do that, then.
There is absolutely no evidence that the funding the Democratic bill calls for would go toward abortion.
In fact, House Democrats filed what’s called a “manager’s amendment,” which makes clear that the funding can only be used for “COVID-19 diagnostic tests and related administration or service costs.”
“Claims reimbursed under this section would be limited to those for uninsured individuals not eligible for other COVID-19 testing and services assistance included in the bill,” reads a summary of the amendment from the House Rules Committee.
According to NBC News, a spending bill spearheaded by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was running into problems because “the White House believes provisions in the Pelosi bill that pertain to the Violence Against Women Act could open the door to federal funds for abortion. In response, the White House wants to add Hyde Amendment language to the bill.” The Hyde Amendment is a budgetary rider which prohibits federal funding from covering the costs of abortions, except in very limited circumstances. While the status of the spending bill is ever evolving, Politico reported that the “two sides resolved issues over federal funding of abortion in a separate bill that will also hit the floor.”
Why is there language about the Violence Against Women Act in a bill trying to get emergency funding for the Coronavirus?
The section of the bill that is in dispute is Division F which is the part that covers paid sick days for emergencies and family care.
The reason that the Violence against women act is cited at all is because it names domestic violence as a reason to be able to take paid days for emergency care. It has nothing to do with paying for abortion.
Now the GOP can level criticisms against this bill… the fact that maybe the paid medical sick leave beyond the current emergency should be a separate thing… I can understand that argument but the “OMG Pelosi wants a billion for abortions!!!” is a bad faith argument.