The money that will be handed out as the result of the coronavirus bill that the U.S. Senate is getting ready to pass could end up being used to fund abortions, Breitbart reports.
That’s because the bill has a significant omission: the Hyde Amendment.
The Hyde Amendment, with some exceptions, stops government funds, i.e. taxpayer money, from being used in support of abortions.
The Amendment has been included in bills just about every year since it was passed in 1977. But, it is not included in the coronavirus bill that the U.S. Senate is going to consider.
This “will get your blood pressure up”
The Hyde Amendment’s absence was first revealed by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), the head of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus. On Thursday, Daines released a video on Twitter talking about this fact.
“Here’s one that will get your blood pressure up,” Daines said. “$400 billion that has no protections to ensure we don’t have taxpayer dollars spent for abortions. $400 billion that could be used to fund abortions paid for by United States taxpayers.”
That’s because, as Daines pointed out, the Hyde Amendment was not included in the bill passed last week by the House of Representatives.
Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Virginia Fox (R-NC), and Jackie Walorski (R-IN), all attempted to insert the Hyde Amendment in the bill. The move was supported by 206 members of the House. But, the House Rules Committee refused to let the amendment proposed by Rodgers, Fox, and Walorski be put before the House for a vote. And so, the Hyde Amendment was not included in the bill.
It should be noted that the Helms Amendment, which is just like the Hyde Amendment, except it prevents foreign policy funds from supporting abortions abroad, was also excluded from the bill.
It’s one of many problems with the bill
Republicans have been referring to the coronavirus bill that the Democrats are likely to pass through Congress, considering that they are using reconciliation and thus only need a simple majority of 51 in the Senate, as a “liberal wishlist.”
As several commentators have pointed out, only a small portion of the funds in the bill up for consideration actually would provide economic relief to the public. The overwhelming majority of the funds go elsewhere, with a large portion that will not even be distributed until 2022, which could be after it is needed.
The Senate is expected to vote on the latest coronavirus bill by Marth 14th at the latest. That is when the unemployment relief from previous bills runs out.