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Foster Leads Call to Retract Order Banning Words at CDC

Dec 20, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) urged the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to retract any order that bans the use of particular words or phrases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in budget requests. The letter was signed by 73 Members of Congress.

“Any directive that prohibits the CDC from using certain words and phrases in budget documents has the potential to degrade the CDC’s ability to fulfill its mandate to protect public health and Congress’s ability to set budget priorities and review accurate budget documents,” Foster said. “The work that comes out of the CDC and the rest of HHS is too important for our country’s public health to censor the budget requests for critical public and global health programs. Congress needs access to the exact information contained within these budget requests and reports.”

This week, news outlets reported that the Administration issued an order directing CDC officials to stop using words and phrases, including “evidence-based,” “science-based,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “transgender,” “fetus,” and “diversity” from its budget requests and supporting materials.

The full letter is available here.