Pelosi: No votes on any side issues, including abortion

March 20, 2010

By Jeffrey Young and Michael O’Brien -The Hill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday there wouldn’t be any votes on side issues on healthcare legislation, including abortion.

Pelosi told reporters she wouldn’t allow votes on “anything,” including abortion funding restrictions, the public option, or a single-payer system.

The speaker’s words effectively rule out the prospect of a deal with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who has demanded, along with some allies, more stringent rules on federal support for insurance plans covering abortion.


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