Congressional HIV Panel Sends Trump Bipartisan Request For Explanation Of Policies
The letter from the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus follows the resignation of the six members of a presidential advisory group and concerns about administration policies to fight the disease and help people with it. Also in the news, President Donald Trump signed a law to make it easier to remove employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
HIV Panel Resignations Spur Lawmakers To Seek Answers From White House
The leaders of the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus are demanding answers from the White House after a mass exodus from a presidential advisory group. Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the co-chairs of that group, delivered a letter last week to President Trump that called for the White House to back off proposed budget cuts to HIV/AIDS programs, revamp the currently blank website it scrubbed in January, and to appoint a national AIDS policy director, all after six council members jointly resigned. Those members slammed Trump for not caring about the issue in a public letter of resignation earlier this month. (Facher, 6/26)
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Trump Signs Bill Meant To Restore Trust In V.A.
President Trump signed a bill into law on Friday that will make it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to remove bad employees and promote whistle-blowing. It is the first step toward fulfilling a campaign pledge by Mr. Trump to make sweeping changes at the beleaguered agency. (Haberman and Fandos, 6/23)
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The Trump Budget: Health And Human Services
The Trump administration quickly drew harsh criticism for its plans to strip billions from medical research and public health agencies, with a top GOP House appropriator among the most vocal skeptics of the proposal. House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla., in May said the budget request disappointed him, especially since Congress worked in a bipartisan way to boost the National Institutes of Health funding by $2 billion in each of the previous two years. President Donald Trump is seeking to cut $7 billion in fiscal 2018 from the NIH’s current $34 billion budget. (Young, 6/26)