Washington D.C., Mar 10, 2021 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- As Congress passed a massive COVID relief package on Wednesday, leading U.S. bishops called the lack of abortion funding restrictions in the bill “unconscionable,” while commending other provisions.
The House on Wednesday passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 by a vote of 220-211. Only one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) voted for the package, while no Republicans supported it.
The relief bill does not include provisions that prohibit funding of abortions—a policy that a previous COVID stimulus bill, the CARES Act, included. Members of both the House and Senate attempted to insert pro-life amendments to the bill but were unsuccessful in doing so.